January 5th, 2009
04:35 PM ET
10 years ago

Minnesota canvassing board certifies Franken win

Democrat Al Franken moved one step closer Monday to claiming a seat in the Senate.

Democrat Al Franken moved one step closer Monday to claiming a seat in the Senate.

(CNN) - The Minnesota State Canvassing Board certified the results of the recount of Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's fight to retain his seat against Democrat Al Franken. The results show Franken with a 225-vote lead.

soundoff (244 Responses)
  1. JJ12345

    Wow, so is everyone even now Bush "stole the election" and now Franken does

    January 5, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. jrzshor

    now the court case!!

    let every vote count at least once or twice just to get it right.

    January 5, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. joe six pack

    Sweeeet!
    Change came to Minn!

    January 5, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. JS

    59-41.. hooray

    January 5, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Laverne

    Congratulations Mr. Franken! nana, nana boo boo : )

    January 5, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. lee

    about time....back to your cave republicans!

    January 5, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. joe

    Time to move on people!!

    January 5, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. simp

    Please, Please!!! I beg of you let this be over. This is ridiculous I don't care who wins just let this nonsense end.

    January 5, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. bill in omaha

    How stupid can a state of voters be to elect this idiot to the Senate. Maybe Bozo the Clown should run for the house, I hear he needs a job.

    January 5, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Paul DObro

    Pending lawsuits that are doomed to fail, Al Franken is the new senator from Minn! Can't wait to hear Bill'O have to explain off this one.

    January 5, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Noel

    I am personally on Coleman's side. This Minnesota state election is unfair, if you ask me. First Coleman wins by around 200 or 300 votes, and now Franken wins by 225 votes??? Also, it was the Minnesotat secretary of state, who is a democrat, who called for the recount. I think this is undemocratic, and the Coleman case shouldn't have been rejected.

    January 5, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Al D.

    Allowing the members of one political party in the Senate to filiibuster the seating of members of another political party is a dangerous precedent..

    January 5, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Craig H, Mpls, MN

    Woo Hooo!!! He's good enough, he's smart enough and gosh darn it, people like him.

    January 5, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. EMJ

    Well I guess he is good enough, smart enough, and dog gonnit people voted for him.

    January 5, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Alisha, MN

    Great! Kick the old bum out, change has come to Minnesota YIPPIE!

    January 5, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Casey

    Congratulations Al!

    January 5, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Emma from Texas

    This is a great news for our country. Let's Go Liberals!!!!!!! Thank you MN. God bless our next great president Obama and his family and the Bidens and the Clintons!

    January 5, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. BUSH BEGONE, AND NOW 75% OF AMERICA AGREES, FINALLY!

    Yeah Coleman use the MN taxpayers to fight the certified results after you stated you would never do that when you were telling Franken to concede duiing the original vote count and it looked as though you were winning...

    Republicans=hyprocrisy, just another example

    January 5, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. a new year

    good.

    January 5, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Change is coming...DEAL

    Norm Coleman needs to concede so we can start the healing process and not cost the state of Minnesota any more...to use his words.

    Congrats Sen. Al Franken!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 5, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. Kris in AL

    THIS IS NOT OVER UNTIL THE LEGAL CHALLENGES ARE OVER..... THAT WILL BE SOME TIME.

    WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND IS HOW THERE CAN BE MORE VOTES FROM A POLLING PLACE THAN THE NUMBER OF VOTERS WHO WERE LOGGED IN TO VOTE???

    SOUNDS LIKE THE WHOLE PROCESS NEEDS TO BE LOOKED OVER AGAIN....... JUST A LITTLE FRAUD CAN CHANGE THIS ELECTION RESULT.

    January 5, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. William James

    Good.

    January 5, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Polar Bears Against Palen

    Congratulations, Senator Franken:)

    Loved your part in Trading Places, by the way. "There are enough drunks on this train".

    But, you are a smart guy that knows his stuff and have earned your spot in the senate.

    January 5, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. Dave

    that's because he's good enough, he's smart enough, and doggonit, people like him.

    January 5, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Josh

    Now we'll see the Repubs' legal eagles (or dodos?) spring into action. Should be a good show.

    January 5, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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