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. Matt

    [Insert GOP whining here]

    Seriously folks...it's over...another GOPer bit the dust and paid for their nonsense. Rather than whine and entrench thmeselves in bitterness, one might think they'd might want to think about what they've been doing so wrong and fix it. Of course, come 2012, I'm sure we'll hear all about the right to life, those pesky immigrants, the need for fear, why homosexuals aren't capable of having "family values" and a whole host of regurgitated nonsense that put them where they are today. They just don't get it and never will.

    January 5, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. California Gold

    Hope Coleman can rise to the occasion, congratulate the winner and move on. Hope Franken does his best to be a good Senator for Minnesota.

    January 5, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. cherrystrawberry

    Congrats!

    January 5, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Mike in MS

    Looks like the Dems got payback for FL 2000!

    January 5, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Steve Pinkston, GA

    STOLEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BY a idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 5, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Its about time that this was done. Is Coleman ready to conceed and go home? I doubt it... I'm just glad that I don't live there. It has gone on far too long for my taste.

    January 5, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Clint, Kentucky

    Congratulations, SENATOR Franken!!!

    January 5, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. G

    Yay its finally over.

    January 5, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. jfs Memhis, Tn

    I think that Franken will win NO MATTER WHAT! Coleman should just end this silly thing and stop usine the states human and monetary resources. If the roles were reversed he would EXPECT the same

    January 5, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Maryann Rose

    Congratulations to Al Franken!!

    He's good enough, he's smart enough, and doggone it – people like him!

    ; )

    January 5, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Kyle Indianapolis, Indiana

    Go Al! Coleman needs to do the right thing and concede.

    January 5, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. know walter

    (insert trumpet fan fair here)

    Let the Sore Loser Lawsuit Olympics begin!

    January 5, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. TheTruthHurts

    That fool will still take this to court. Why not? Bush did it and "won." Look how that worked out for us.

    January 5, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. name

    about freakin time

    January 5, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Dan

    While these two very different candidates claim the spotlight in this hotly contested race, history may focus on how amazingly close this race was. It is the statistical equivalent of flinging a quarter across the room and having it land on edge.

    January 5, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Charlie in Maine

    Dear Senator , Good for you . Good for us. I can't wait for the dems to take charge.

    January 5, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Phil

    Talk about a joke of a recount...it doesn't get any worse than this one.

    January 5, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. eric

    If you are a Minnesotan and you voted for this moron you need to have you head examined!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 5, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Mari

    YES! Democracy WINS over GOP-voter-fraud!

    January 5, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. Danny in Chicago

    Hallelujah!

    And look – the best man won!

    He is and will be a great leader for Minnesota.......

    January 5, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. Rob

    Hoorah! The system is broken and it has been proven yet again!

    January 5, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Matthew

    Nicely stolen...

    January 5, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Tom in CA

    ...and know Norm can contest the election. He'll be throwing good money after bad and costing the State of Minnesota 10s of thousands of dollars.

    Norm that smell isn't roses. It's coming out of your....

    January 5, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. Grace from MN

    Thank goodness this thing is over. Looks like Nate Silver was correct again.

    January 5, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. watcher

    He sure wasn't funny on SNL. Maybe he'll get some laughs in the senate.

    January 5, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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