December 24th, 2008
05:51 PM ET
9 years ago

Coleman camp loses key Minnesota Supreme Court decision

The Franken team said again Wednesday they expect him to come out on top when the Senate race recount ends.

The Franken team said again Wednesday they expect him to come out on top when the Senate race recount ends.

(CNN) - The season just got a bit less jolly for Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman: in a Christmas Eve decision, the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously rejected a lawsuit calling for recount changes that would have erased Democratic challenger Al Franken’s narrow lead.

The Coleman campaign’s suit had asked the court to intervene because of what it says are double-counted absentee ballots that have been unfairly awarded to Al Franken. The incumbent’s lawyers asked the court to restore the original Election Night totals in roughly two dozen precincts, where recount gains had given Franken an overall edge.

The justices rejected that argument, agreeing with the Franken team that those allegations should be dealt with in legal proceedings after the recount was complete, and a winner certified by the state’s canvassing board.

Franken currently leads Coleman by 47 votes. In a ruling earlier Wednesday, the court extended the deadline for the completion of the Senate race recount to the first week in January.

soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Griff

    Tonight, 24th of December. Barack Obams revealed..,... Really?????
    Liar!!!!! What do I do to make this word larger????? LIAR!!!!!!!!!

    December 24, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Turnabout is Fair Play

    GOOD, mo democrats, mo betta.. get as many Rethugnican maggots out of office as possible.

    December 24, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Ken in NC

    The Minnesota Senate race is turning into a joke. Can't these people with all thier hi-tech stuff available to them get it right. They could have had an election done by marking ballots and counting by hand and have them all finished by now.

    By the time thay finish this election count the term of the winner will have expired.

    December 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Stuart Smalley

    I'm Good Enough; I'm Smart Enough: and Doggone It, I'm Minnesota's Next Senator.

    Happy New Year, Senator Franken and May All Your Wishes For A Progressive America Come True.

    December 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Rick

    Just more democrat lies, cheating and thieving. Nothing unusual here.

    December 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Slider

    Good job, Minnesotans.

    You clowns have elected a comedienne. What's next, a trapeze artist?

    December 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Ajaye

    This particular race has become a side show. Somebody please declare a winner.

    December 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Walter, Long Beach

    With any luck, this is an indication that the age of Republicans winning in court what they can't win at the polls is over.

    December 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. raagos

    lier stop yu lost

    December 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. John

    Just count all the votes and let Al take his seat in the Senate.

    December 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Are you kidding me? A Republican trying hard to have votes "not" count? Shades of the 2000 Florida and the 2004 Ohio fiascos. Thank goodness in 2008 these tactics are being rebuffed, as is the Republican party in general.

    December 24, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Freaks

    I can't wait to see the impact of Minnesota on the Senate

    December 24, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. gerald

    this is a joke count the votes and be done with it are system is so messed up courts before its even done rediculius i dont care who comes out the winner one vote ahead you win no recount this is dum just a thought .

    December 24, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. The Teester

    Go Al Go

    December 24, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. ch

    Good – another GOP US Senator bites the dust!!!

    December 24, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. ch

    and another one gone.... and another one gone...another one bites the dust!!!

    December 24, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Tony

    Bye Bye NORM!

    December 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. We Approve

    It is past time for Norm Coleman to concede this election. Franken has pulled ahead and the remaining ballots will go mostly to him. At this point, Coleman is making himself look desperate and wasting the people of Minnesota's money. As for the governor appointing Coleman to fill the seat until the election recount is over, Harry Reid has already stated that they will not declare the seat vacant and, therefor, will not seat an appointed Senator. So it's time for Coleman to step aside and allow Franken to be seated.

    December 24, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Texas Teacher

    As I say and have said... my vote is on Al Franken. Just like Obama, I have read ALL his books and have most of him. I know what this man's political values are.... and they are like Obama's sound and insightful. He will make a good and fair Senator for the People and by the People! 🙂

    December 24, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. Frank Lee

    Coleman can try again in '12.

    What's all the fuss?

    December 24, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  21. Jon

    Only the Democrats would want an idiot like Al Franken to be elected to the U.S. Senate. His qualifications are right up there with Caroline Kennedy's.

    December 24, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. GuyInVA

    Deal with a recount issue after the recount? The court extending the recount deadline. This entire affair is nuts. I have no idea who is right and who is wrong on these issues, but no matter who one supports, the winner will have ZERO credibility, just like the Minnesota election process. With Franken now leading by 47 votes, isn't it about time someone found 50 or so votes in the trunk of a car? As much as I hate the thought of quoting Joseph Stalin, he was right (at least I think it was Stalin) when he said that who casts the votes isn't important. It's who counts the votes that matters.

    December 24, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. Not a "huge loss"

    Although Coleman would have preferred to win this round . . . it's not a "huge loss." Coleman's ability to challenge isn't denied, just deferred.

    December 24, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. Sam Giancana

    This is great news now only for the U.S. but for Democracy!!!!!

    December 24, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. Wilson Jefferson

    the year of 2008 and we still can't figure out how to count votes. pretty good I would say.

    December 24, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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