(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.
Tonight, 24th of December. Barack Obams revealed..,... Really?????
Liar!!!!! What do I do to make this word larger????? LIAR!!!!!!!!!
GOOD, mo democrats, mo betta.. get as many Rethugnican maggots out of office as possible.
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.
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.
Just more democrat lies, cheating and thieving. Nothing unusual here.
Good job, Minnesotans.
You clowns have elected a comedienne. What's next, a trapeze artist?
This particular race has become a side show. Somebody please declare a winner.
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.
lier stop yu lost
Just count all the votes and let Al take his seat in the Senate.
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.
I can't wait to see the impact of Minnesota on the Senate
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 .
Go Al Go
Good – another GOP US Senator bites the dust!!!
and another one gone.... and another one gone...another one bites the dust!!!
Bye Bye NORM!
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.
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! :)
Coleman can try again in '12.
What's all the fuss?
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.
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.
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.
This is great news now only for the U.S. but for Democracy!!!!!
the year of 2008 and we still can't figure out how to count votes. pretty good I would say.