It used to seem so simple: Gain a U.S. Senate seat by election or appointment, then take that seat. No more. “Al Franken is falsely declaring victory based on an artificial lead created on the back of the double counting of ballots,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who is chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said Tuesday, reacting to Franken’s double-digit lead in the recount over incumbent Republican Norm Coleman. Cornyn added: “Minnesotans will not accept a recount in which some votes are counted twice, and I expect the Senate would have a problem seating a candidate who has not duly won an election.” Any bets on how long it will take to seat all three new senators from Minnesota, Illinois and New York?
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