And the winner is . . .

June 07, 2008 by susan
Franken giving speech

Al Franken! Rumor on the floor is that Al won on the first ballot. Needed 60% to win, I'm hearing he got about 61%.
It's not confirmed, but Jack's floor team can be seen hang-dogged and crying, and Al's floor team is looking jubilant and slapping high fives. More to come.

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MLS (not verified) | June 7, 2008 - 4:23pm

Yes, Susan and Barbara, I was there and jubilant as I watched and listened to Al Franken's acceptance speech. Hip, hip hooray!!
I wait patiently to hear further thoughts from both of you regarding the DFL State Convention.

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barbara says (not verified) | June 10, 2008 - 12:42pm

Word was that Franken had slightly upwards of 62% (a great first-round number, and enough to seal the deal). That left 38%, of which nearly 3% was for no endorsement, according to multiple sources. Not sure how the "other" or "spoiled ballot" added up, but in terms of the principal candidates, looks like the final total was something like 62+% for Franken, roughly 35% for Jack Nelson Pallmeyer, so a close to 2:1 finish.

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susan | June 10, 2008 - 10:47pm

Yep, the low number for Jack was a real shock to those who worked so hard for him. They thought they had enough votes to at least block the first ballot -- and they might have, had Al not given the speech he did. Jack was not at his best on Saturday, for whatever reason, but the passion of his supporters and floor team was inspiring and fun to watch. He's a smart and honorable man. As Al said, "One of the reasons I'm a Democrat is because of people like Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer." In the end, they had a Wellstonian campaign, they just didn't have a Wellstonian candidate.

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