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. MrDon

    What a joke. This country is in real trouble and Mn elects a comedy writer? There should be a way for the rest of the country to override stupidity by an entire state.

    January 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. DOC

    ...because he's good enough, he's smart enough, and doggone it, people like him.

    January 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Carl Justus

    GOOD!

    January 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Portugese Breakfast

    Ha! Franken won!

    In your face Bill O'Reilly!

    January 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Bill from Baltimore

    Glad to see Al win...

    January 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. John in VA

    JC – And Norm Coleman and George W Bush aren't guilty of the same thing?

    Hello kettle, pot here. I just wanted to let you know you're black.

    January 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Stupid

    The circus is back in town.

    January 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Brooke

    Here is what I don't understand. The GOP is claiming that Franken "stole" this election and should have conceded on Election Night. Ummmmm......Franken didn't concede because Minnesota STATE LAW required a recount.

    The recount happened to go in Franken's favor. Not a stolen election. Had all the ballots in Florida been counted, the same thing would have happened in 2000. Ballots are meant to be counted.

    January 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Brian

    This is the biggest joke of his career.

    January 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Lori in St Pete

    Get over it JC. You lost. The same things happened in Florida in '00, and in Ohio in '04, and your ilk certainly had no problems then. What changed, besides the fact that the declared winner is from the other team?

    January 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. JA/TN

    Mr Coleman, there is other work for you to do and be effective, not a self-righteous, sly lobbyists, go in Peace

    January 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Larry

    Because I am crooked enough, played the system well, and doggone it, the idiots in Minnesota like me!

    January 5, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. JC

    But, of course, I have no idea what the heck I'm talking about.
    Hey mom, is recess over yet? Can Joker 414 come over and play?

    January 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Dave

    This is truly an all-time low for American politics. Franken is unapologetically anti-american and is not fit to be an American lawmaker. The people of Minnesota who voted for Franken should have all further voting rights taken away; they truly are oblivious to the danger that smug, smart alecky liberals such as Franken pose to this country.

    January 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Carl Justus

    I guess the Dems can't complain about stealing elections now.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=

    They did not even Rhenquist, Scalia, Thomas and company to stop the counting so they would not be any question.

    January 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. US Citizen

    yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa .... alrightttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt...........................

    January 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. shaking my head

    Thank you Georgia!

    January 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Leo

    Love it! Go Franken!

    Minnesota is a terrific state!
    Home of the Vikings and birthplace of Bob Dylan!!

    January 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Laughing @ Liberal Flock

    WAIT! I found another 348 ballots in the bumper of my car!!!

    January 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Houston

    Can anyone take Minnesota seriously now?

    Franken, in many ways, is the embodiment of what's wrong with this country.

    January 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Drew

    Well, I guess it's official. Hate-filled hecklers and democratic leadership are one and the same.

    January 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. chuck

    Norm Coleman has said the results should be finalized and if he were in Franken's shoes he would give it up. This is when he had a 215 vote lead before the recount. He talked about Gore giving up the fight in the 2000 Presidential Race. Everyone should give up the battle if you are a Democrat, but when you are a Republican, then Coleman wants to go further. What a do as I say not as I do type of politician.

    January 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. JBNY

    Crash and Burn you FREAK ( Al Franken) of Nature...

    January 5, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Clair

    JC, you lost. Move on. Get a life. The Dems are no worse than the Reps and you do not want to compare 'new lows'. Your party is topping everything low and lame for some time now. Go to sleep, we call you in 8 years.

    January 5, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. richard

    Democrats are now the comedian party. I guess Minn will be dumpster diving for their next Senator.

    January 5, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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