Asked whether he would concede the race if the Canvassing Board certified Franken as the winner—as Coleman had suggested that Franken should do that post-election morning—the senator noted that at the time his 700-plus-vote lead over Franken was more substantial and that he hadn't slept in 36 hours. Now, he said, "I don't think I'd have made the same statement."I have to give him credit for admitting such a human mistake, made at a time of high stress. I thought it was an idiotic thing to say at the time, but this... this explains it.
Coleman's lead has dropped to 120 votes, but about 1500 votes remain in "challenged" limbo until the canvassing board gets a look at them... and that's only 60% of the way through the recount process. So, ignoring challenged votes, it looks like Coleman will still be ahead, going into that final step, when they look at those votes that couldn't be called one way or the other on site.