With 100% reporting, CNN has Norm Coleman ahead of Al Franken by less than 600 votes out of nearly 3 million cast — a margin of about .02%. AP, the only news outlet that had called the race for Coleman, has rescinded that action. A statement by Al Franken says that
Under Minnesota state law, we will now enter into an automatic statewide canvass and recount…. The process, dictated by our laws, will be orderly, fair, and will take place within a matter of days. We won’t know for a little while who won this race, but at the end of the day, we will know that the voice of the electorate was clearly heard.
In other potential recount news, the great state of Washington shows an excruciatingly close race between netroots favorite Darcy Burner and incumbent Steve Reichert in WA-08 — with only 41% reporting, Burner has a tiny lead of under 1,000 votes (out of some 140,000 counted so far). (Happily, the WA Governor’s rematch between Christine Gregoire (D) and Dino Rossi (R), which was incredibly close four years ago, was not close this time — Gregoire won easily.)
UPDATE: It appears to be settled that Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss did not receive the required 50% of votes (Georgia requires candidates to win a majority) to keep his seat, requiring a runoff between him and Democratic challenger Jim Martin. Saxby leads 49.9% to 46.7%. Here’s hoping that President-elect Obama can find some time to make this race a priority.