January 4th, 2009
05:03 PM ET
6 years ago

MN board to certify Franken's win in tight senate race

CNN has learned that a state board in Minnesota overseeing a recount in the razor-thin Senate race will declare Democrat Al Franken the winner Monday.
CNN has learned that a state board in Minnesota overseeing a recount in the razor-thin Senate race will declare Democrat Al Franken the winner Monday.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) – A state election board on Monday will announce Democrat Al Franken as the winner of the Minnesota Senate race, defeating Republican incumbant Norm Coleman, state officials told CNN Sunday.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie told CNN the canvassing board on Monday will confirm that Franken won the race by a 225-vote margin.

Deputy Secretary of State Jim Gelbmann oversaw the tallying of roughly 950 improperly rejected absentee ballots Saturday, which was the last remaining hurdle in the canvassing board's procedure. He said no outstanding challenges remain and that the only thing left for the board to do Monday is certify the numbers. Their meeting will convene at 2:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. ET).

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soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. JAM

    Congratulations Senator Franken!

    Be a man, Normie. Concede. Its over.

    January 4, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. Juan Grain

    Coleman needs to get out of the way, it's over. Don't be a sore looser. But we will see, you can tell a tree by it's fruit!

    January 4, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Luke Brown

    Al, you made it .. just don't let Coleman take it to the US Supreme Court. He'd win 5-4.

    January 4, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  4. Greg Hodges

    As a Canadian, I am amazed that a country such as the U.S. cannot seem to conduct an election without all the nonsense of Forida/2000 or Minnesota/2008. You obviously do not have something as basic as a central control organization; who would set a national standard for every state to follow. Oh I forgot, that would be too socialist. Never mind that it actually works! No , better to have the bitterness and controversy that always creates one party feeling cheated; because the system stinks.

    January 4, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. NC Dan

    It's funny to hear *servicemen* spewing against Al Franken when the man volunteered for the USO, for heaven's sake. Including trips to Bosnia and Baghdad.

    Complain about the election and the results all you want, but don't cast aspersions on the man, thank you. It's no way to treat someone who supports our troops.

    January 4, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  6. Kyle

    repubs have history of cheating election and win, but this time it didnt work out as they wished. Thank god, we got rid of corrupted coleman.

    January 4, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. John

    You republicans are full of BS – Franken won the election now -GET OVER IT!

    January 4, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. German,Irish American

    Proud American, Texas Teacher- just read and let yourself go with the flow, OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMBA! OBAMBA! OBAMBA! OBAMBA! OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMBA! OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMBA!, lower your head in reverance and whisper, "yes we can". Now go change your pampers so you don't have to sit in the wet spot I just created for you.

    January 4, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  9. JV

    Look Cheryl I don't have to know him, What has he done for Minnesota except move there?! Electing Franken was Incompetence , plain Incompetence. It's obvious that you Minnesotans who cast a Franken vote are not competent to vote at all!. One more thing Cheryl as far as your Coleman accusations, PROVE IT!!!!!!! Put your keyboard where your mouth is.

    January 4, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
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