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. aware

    The double dealing dems are nauseating! I am an Independent who has had it with the democrats! Franken is a sick joke! 😦

    December 24, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. whitefences

    There was a reason coleman challenged the original recount by saying "I'm the clear winner here, let's not waste tax dollars for an unneccessary recount".... Now let's see who's going to waste tax dollars on a recount of the recount if coleman loses.....

    December 24, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Sara from Arizona

    Slowly, but surely Franken will still this election. Nothing new here.

    December 24, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. Kyle C.

    This is why they need a recount in MN.

    December 24, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Kyle C.

    Run-off in MN.

    December 24, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. Griff

    Who Cares? America. LOSERS..

    December 24, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  7. Abe

    Remember the anguish Democrats felt over Florida not so long ago? You reap what you sow.

    December 24, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. Wynter

    What do you expect since Coleman is employing some of the same attorneys as Bush did during the Florida recount scandal. They think the Supreme Court would hand them another election since the recount proved that the election count was wrong. And now that he is losing he pulls this... typical.

    Thankfully, the courts are wiser this time around and NOT getting into another election decision. Its ultimately up to the U.S. Senate to determine which candidate was chosen by the people.

    December 24, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. James

    The decision is an outrage! I submit that the justices are liberals and it is one sided. The vote counting is a sham!

    December 24, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. Gordon Shumway

    So, if I understand this article correctly, the court is saying to go ahead and count those votes twice and then we'll worry about it in court later. I don't disagree with them deciding not to go with the original vote tally, but think it is strange to willingly go ahead and count votes twice.

    In reality, neither Minnesota nor the United States will be served well by either of these losers. Wonder what the chance is to have an entire another election with a couple of solid citizens for a change.......

    December 24, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. BB

    Ho Hum

    December 24, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. Dan, FL

    Al Franken is a joker and should be disqualified. Democrats are trying their best to get him elected by any means. Secretary of State is biased and he wants his party candidate to win. This is the democracy we have in America. Barack also got elected with the hlp of Acorn and such dirty tricks.

    December 24, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. Captain America

    Coleman is a loser and should bow out already.

    December 24, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  14. George Bush

    Franken beats Coleman hands down in both intregrity and intelligence– Franken will be a great Senator. Suck on that, Right-wing Ya-hoos.

    December 24, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. North Dallas Thirty

    It's funny to watch people whine about allegations of Coleman being corrupt when it has been proven that Al Franken lied to his employees, lied to his investors, and lied to both the IRS and state governments in an attempt to avoid paying taxes and avoid taking responsibility for the failure of his "Air America" business.

    Then again, that would only make him a typical Democrat, like Nancy Pelosi, Charles Rangel, and Barack Obama.

    December 24, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  16. carment

    One would have to wonder why, if Coleman were so sure there were votes being double-counted, he would want this checked ONLY in the areas he felt were going to be advantageous for him... one would have thought that principle would mean he would want ALL the votes he alleges were double counted to be checked throughout the entire state.

    December 24, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. Daryl

    Vote Counting is a sham? What else are they suppose to do? What if Coleman wins? What about Florida in 2000, did you complain about that? Dang republicans, quit your complaining and try not to screw up so bad next time you have some power.

    December 24, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  18. Dan

    The article does not give people enough information to evaluate the decision and the middle-of-the-road reasoning behind it. As a result, you have people here screaming about cheating and others praising the decision as revenge. With a few praise-worthy exceptions, most have no clue what they are talking about, but I blame the reporting. I know it is boring and actually requires some work on the part of the reporter, but giving a bit more in the way of details in stories like this would surely help quiet some of the extreme polarization you see here.

    December 24, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  19. Richard in Nevada

    Reading these comments is aazing.

    I really don't care who wins the recount, but all this talk of stealing elections is ridiculous. The people doing the recount in Minnesota and the Minnesota Supreme Court have been open and fair. Whoever wins, so be it, but it seems that if Coleman wins, Democrats will be screaming foul, while if Franken wins, Republicans will do the same. One of the two is going to be a senator, and whoever it is, we should be thankful that the officials in Minneota are doing such a fair and unbiased job of making sure that every vote is counted, regardless of who cast it and regardless of who it was cast for.

    And I'll continue to praise the Minnesota officials, regardless of which candidate ends up in the senate.

    December 24, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  20. Thomas5

    Actually I'm hoping that Franken does indeed pull this off. With a Democrat in the White House and a solid Democratic majority in Congress, they can't blame the Republicans for when the country eventually tanks due to their quasi-socialist program.

    Then the Obots can whine and cry about how the "change" that Obama brought didn't bring the results they thought it would. And they'll have absolutely nobody to blame but themselves.


    * What a friend we have in Franken,
    All our wealth to spread around.
    What a privilege to tax us,
    And drag this country to the ground...

    Oh, what peace we often forfeit!
    Oh, the Right-wing that we bear!
    All because we do not carry,
    Everything to Al in prayer! *

    December 24, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  21. jack

    Has anyone else noticed? That when an republican knows he has lost , he is the first one to file a suit with the Supreme Court. Remember Fla. in 2000? What did Bush do? What has Coleman done?

    December 24, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  22. Matthew Danielson

    James wrote: "The decision is an outrage! I submit that the justices are liberals and it is one sided. "

    Instead of guessing, one can easily find the following:
    Before becoming Chief Justice – Eric Manguson was appointed to chair the Commission on Judicial Selection by Gov Tim Pawlenty (Republican).

    Justice Skjerven Gildea was appointed by Gov Palwnty
    Justice Helen Meyer was appointed by Gov Ventura (Libertarian)

    Guess it's just easier to scream from the rooftops then actually taking 5 minutes to do a little research.

    December 24, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. peter Orlando Florida

    The old lives are over now it is time for the new dawn and new leadership of America is at hand.

    December 24, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. xavier

    You GOP supporters are the biggest hypocrites I have ever seen. You cry foul in MN, but wont acknowledge that Bush stole the election from Gore. The republican party is a real piece of work. First they claim to be fiscally conservative, but gets us into a recesion. Then they make us go broke in a never ending war in Iraq. They claim to be the moral majority while their senators get caught soliciting sex in airport restrooms or from hookers in hotel rooms. What a bunch of idiots you all are.

    December 24, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  25. BB

    Your total and absolute obsession with hate is a little frightening. Please seek help.

    December 24, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
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