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Information & Analysis

Minnesota Senate race: Coleman up by 169 votes

Both candidates gained more votes today as recounting continued. Franken now trails by 169 votes according to this morning’s reports out of St. Louis and Ramsey counties. See the Star Tribune’s report here. There are 107 recount sites (counties and cities) and they are required to finish their work and report by Dec. 5 to the state canvassing board. The board will accept those reports and rule on disputed ballots beginning Dec. 16. Following its conclusions, litigation could postpone the final conclusion into 2009. See today’s AP report on the recount here.

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Of Bouncing Balls and a Big Blue Shift

Edward B. Foley

It is a fortuitous coincidence that the University of Virginia’s Journal of Law & Politics has just published a piece of mine that shows the relevance of the current vote-counting process in Virginia’s Attorney General election to what might happen if the 2016 presidential election turns on a similar vote-counting process in Virginia. 

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio treasurer receives OK to host town halls

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article from the Associated Press about an attorney general opinion that allows the Ohio treasurer to conduct telephone town halls using public money. The opinion will likely have broad ramifications for the upcoming elections, Tokaji said.

“As a practical matter, while that legal advice is certainly right, very serious concerns can arise about whether these are really intended to inform Ohio constituents about the operations of his office or if they’re campaign events,” he said.

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down aggregate campaign contribution cap

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion today in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down aggregate limits on political campaign contributions but leaving in place limits on contributions to individual candidates.

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