The Uptake is reporting Ramsey County’s five-precinct sampling is over, and Al Franken gained two votes.
As noted previously, pre-recount auditing is the one time county officials get to open ballot boxes before the official recount starts. It could give a clue of the recount’s ultimate direction.
Ramsey County has 176 precincts, so if Franken gains two votes in every five, he’d pick up 70 votes from one of the state’s most urban counties. At press time (noonish Monday), he trails by 204 votes; Franken’s two-vote swing isn’t reflected in the number.
Caveat: St. Paul was oversampled in the audit; it accounted for 80 percent of the precincts, but the city only has 58 percent of Ramsey’s precincts overall.
In the single suburban county sampled (Roseville), Franken lost three votes and Coleman one, a net gain of two for Norm.
Other cities that supported Norm by a little or a lot — North Oaks, White Bear, Shoreview, Vadnais, North Oaks, among others — weren’t included. So no one should assume a net gain for Franken until the state, or the courts, does the real re-counting.