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On July 7, 2009, Al Franken was sworn in as Minnesota's junior U.S. senator-eight months after Election Night. In the chill of November 2008, Republican incumbent Norm Coleman led by a slim 215 votes, a margin that triggered an automatic statewide recount of more than 2.9 million ballots. Minnesota's ensuing recount, and the contentious legal and public relations battle that would play out between the Franken and Coleman lawyers and staff, simultaneously fascinated and frustrated Minnesotans and the nation-all while a filibuster-proof Senate hung in the balance.
This Is Not Florida is the behind-the-scenes saga of the largest, longest, and most expensive election recount in American history. Reporter Jay Weiner covered the entire recount process-for which he was honored with Minnesota's most prestigious journalism award-following every bizarre twist and turn and its many colorful personalities. Based on daily reporting as well as interviews with more than forty campaign staffers and other participants in the recount, This Is Not Florida dives into the motivations of key players in the drama, including the exploits of Franken's lead attorney Marc Elias, some of the mistakes made by Coleman advisers, and how the Franken team's devotion to data collection helped Franken win the recount by a mere 312 votes.
In a fascinating, blow-by-blow account of the historic recount that captivated people nationwide, Jay Weiner gets inside campaign war rooms and judges' chambers and takes the reader from the uncertainties of Election Night 2008, through the controversial State Canvassing Board and a grueling eight-week trial, to an appeal to Minnesota's Supreme Court, and finally to Al Franken's long-awaited and emotional swearing-in.
This Is Not Florida presents an important and unforgettable moment in political history that proved that it's never really over until it's actually over
|Publisher:||University of Minnesota Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Jay Weiner's coverage of the 2008 U.S. Senate recount and election contest between Norm Coleman and Al Franken earned him the 2008 Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award, Minnesota's highest journalism honor. A sports journalist with the Minneapolis Star Tribune for twenty-eight years, he has written for the Twin Cities-based news Web site MinnPost.com since 2007 and is the author of Stadium Games: Fifty Years of Big League Greed and Bush League Boondoggles, also from the University of Minnesota Press. He lives and works in St. Paul.
Table of Contents
Preface: How I Got Here
Cast of Characters
"Counsel, this is not Florida!"
1. Extra Innings
"It's going to be really, really close."
2. Hunting for Ballots
"Trust me, they fucked it up."
3. New Sheriff in Town
"An eighty-four-year-old stroke victim"
4. The Count at the Table
"Why would you ever want less information?"
5. Why Are We Even Here?
"Really, Minnesota deserves better than this."
6. No Rubber Stamp
"It would be unjust and disrespectful to those voters to not count those votes."
7. The Supremes Throw a Curve
"We've never been able to figure out how they do their calculating."
8. Soldiering Ahead
"We need to get this right."
9. Reinforcements Arrive
"I have been brought in apparently as the pretty face."
10. Pulling a 180
"I'm somewhat speechless and amazed."
11. Stepping on a Rake
"I'm not familiar with all of the details."
12. Friday the Thirteenth
"Welcome to the quagmire."
13. Mastering the Data
"This is a major lift . . . This is a lot of bodies."
14. The Human Element
"You're going to have some errors in the process."
15. Thumbs Up
Key Moments That Shaped the Recount