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This Is Not Florida : How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Recount - Jay Weiner

This Is Not Florida

How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Recount

Hardcover Published: 16th September 2010
ISBN: 9780816670383
Number Of Pages: 288

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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

"Weiner provides a lively play-by-play of a recount that fascinated the state, if not the nation." -The New Yorker

"Those who were pulling for Al Franken will enjoy this detailed account of how the 2008 Senate race in Minnesota and its subsequent recount contributed to the Democrats' total of 60 senators-the magic number needed to beat back a Republican filibuster. As nasty, ugly and unappealing as the battle between Franken and Norm Coleman was, watching the two sides explore every opportunity to pick up a vote or three in the post-election recount was just fascinating. No, it wasn't Florida, as the title suggests. The presidency was not at stake. And in that contest, the Democrats lost. But they won in Minnesota in the Great Recount of 2009. And if nothing else, the moral of the story is that every vote-every vote-counts." -Ken Rudin

"Weiner's lively description of the ins and outs of the recount battle will please election junkies, political scientists and political consultants." -Kirkus Reviews

Preface: How I Got Herep. xi
Cast of Charactersp. xv
Prologue: "Counsel, this is not Florida!"p. xvii
Extra Innings: "It's going to be really, really close."p. 1
Hunting for Ballots: "Trust me, they screwed it up."p. 18
New Sheriff in Town: "An eighty-four-year-old stroke victim"p. 32
The Count at the Table: "Why would you ever want less information?"p. 46
Why are We Even Here?: "Really, Minnesota deserves better than this."p. 64
No Rubber Stamp: "It would be unjust and disrespectful to those voters to not count those votes."p. 88
The Supremes Throw a Curve: "We've never been able to figure out how they do their calculating."p. 127
Soldiering Ahead: "We need to get this right."p. 139
Reinforcements Arrive: "I have been brought in apparently as the pretty face."p. 155
Pulling a 180: "I'm somewhat speechless and amazed."p. 167
Stepping on a Rake: "I'm not familiar with all of the details."p. 185
Friday the Thirteenth: "Welcome to the quagmire."p. 193
Mastering the Data: "This is a major lift...This is a lot of bodies."p. 200
The Human Element: "You're going to have some errors in the process."p. 206
Thumbs-Up: "I do."p. 218
Epiloguep. 223
Acknowledgmentsp. 229
Key Moments That Shaped the Recountp. 231
Notesp. 235
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780816670383
ISBN-10: 0816670382
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 16th September 2010
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.49