updated 12/23/2008 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/23/2008 AT 11:20 AM ET
Claiming a 35- to 50-vote lead over Republican opponent Norm Coleman, former Saturday Night Live regular Al Franken is declaring that he will win Minnesota’s contested U.S. Senate seat race.
“We are more confident than ever that Al Franken will be the winner of this election,” reads a posting on the Democrat’s Web site.
Only not so fast, counters the Coleman campaign. “This process is still a long way form being complete,” the incumbent said in a statement. The state canvassing board is set to complete its work counting votes today, Bloomberg.com reports.
The Coleman camp insists 100 votes have been double-counted, and has announced that it intends to go to the state Supreme Court to lodge a protest.
– Stephen M. Silverman