Minnesota: Poll Shows Voters Want Coleman to Concede

Posted April 27, 2009 at 6:20pm

The majority of Minnesota residents believe Republican Norm Coleman should concede his recount case, according to recent poll results from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The survey showed that 64 percent of respondents believe Coleman should end his case and not appeal to the state Supreme Court. An even larger group, 73 percent, said they did not think Coleman should appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court if he loses his appeal to the state court.

A recount court ruled earlier this month that Democrat Al Franken had won the 2008 Senate race by 312 votes. Lawyers for Coleman appealed the ruling last week and have not ruled out taking the case to the federal courts.

The state Supreme Court trial will begin on June 1, pushing a decision well into the summer. Although Senate Democrats could push to seat Franken earlier than that, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has indicated that he will wait for Coleman’s appeal to the state court to conclude.

The Star-Tribune’s survey interviewed 1,042 Minnesota adults and had a margin of error of 4 points.