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Coakley Hires Franken Recount Attorney

Could it really be that close?

8:00 PM, Jan 19, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Via Ace, oh my:

The Martha Coakley campaign just sent out a media advisory, announcing a press conference at 5:30 p.m. ET, alleging irregularities in the special Senate election.

The press conference will involve reports of voters who received ballots that were already marked for Republican candidate Scott Brown.

It should be noted that the Coakley campaign will have on hand as an attorney one Marc Elias, who was previously the head recount lawyer for Al Franken in Minnesota, a legal drama that lasted for eight months after election day 2008. Elias also worked on another high-profile recount before that, the Washington state gubernatorial race in 2004. So clearly, the Coakley campaign was fully prepared for a super-close election by having Elias already on hand in Boston.

The Coakley press release alleging voter fraud is dated yesterday, January 18, and the Massachusetts Secretary of State is discounting reports of fraud. So these stories appear to be without merit. But could the race be close enough to end up in a recount?

Tucker Carlson reports that pollster Frank Luntz is having a hard time finding Coakley voters willing to participate in his focus group on TV. Nate Silver writes that this is either a "really bad sign for Martha Coakley or a really good sign." It could possibly mean that voters are so embarrassed of Coakley they won't turn out, or that many of her voters have declined to tell pollsters they're supporting her. We'll know soon enough. The polls just closed at 8:00 p.m.

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