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. Dan

    Best man won? Franken is a moron and a pig, I weap for Minnesotans!

    January 5, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Ramon Chychlovichski

    Wow! What a sad day for the great state of MN.

    January 5, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    "I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!" Congratulations Al! I am certain the next six years will be entertaining. 🙂

    January 5, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Fred in KY

    I wish I could say well it's Minnesota's problem. I can't. So I'll just say, it's Minnesota's fault.

    January 5, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Eric Tedford

    Anyone shocked that this goof, Franken, won the recount doesn't understand liberal politics.

    Eric Tedford
    Chittenango, NY

    January 5, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Karrie

    This should end any concerns about Caroline Kennedy's qualifications for the New York Senate seat. Just goes to show that ANYBODY can be a US Senator.

    January 5, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. MrDon

    One last comment, All of you fine people in Minnesota will get what you ask for. You will have yet another uneducated entertainer in power in your state. Just don't complain to the rest of the country when he makes a fool of himself and all of you. We won't be laughing with you, but at you.

    January 5, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Kevin B

    Whats wrong with Franken, he can't be any worse than the team of clown's leaving the executive branch on January 20th.

    January 5, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Kathy

    What a sham...the dems are pushing to seat Franken while they see an opening. They should let the process - appeals and ALL - continue to the bitter end. Only then can either man fairly be declared the winner.

    January 5, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Veteran in Chattanooga

    When you have Dems and Reps doing the over all counting, it has to be a fair event unless the Repubs are trying to cheat themselves. JC you sound like one of those sore Repubs. We wish you and all of your hatred fall off the planet.

    January 5, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. turnip

    What a joke our election process is. This is called election fraud. You cant count rejected votes for franken and not coleman. This if fraud!

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

    Unlike the 2000 presidiential election, all of the votes were counted. It wasn't left the Supreme Court to decide the winner. Good luck as a U.S. Senator, Al.

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

    [insert conspiracy theory here]

    January 5, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    I could care less who won. I just want to say that something is wrong in MN. Franken was down 700 some votes I Think. now he is up 200 some votes. Thats around 1000 votes, how dose that happen. was someone not doing the job they are payed to do. can some one not count

    January 5, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. geecee827

    Don – you mean stolen election like in 2000 when Bush stole Florida because his brother was Governor? That kind of stolen election?

    January 5, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. richard rohde

    Looks like this is going to court.

    January 5, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. SOMEONE PLEASE THROW ANOTHER PAIR OF SHOES @ GW!!!

    WOW! Even Al Franken is beating the republicans?!!!....i'm sure my dog would have won against any sitting republican senator or congressman.

    Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity would be scratching their heads trying to figure what good they've done to the GRAND OLD DIVISIVE PARTY!!!!

    January 5, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Bob in FL

    Looks like GA's run off system might be the way to go in the future.

    January 5, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Enough of the insane talk about this election being stolen. NO WAY! The recount was properly conducted, and all procedures were properly carried out. Not only that, but Coleman's appeals were rightfully rejected in the courts. This is quite different from what happened in Florida in 2000, so let's end baseless allegations and put away the sour grapes, Coleman. Had you been more attentive to the needs of Minnesotans rather than constantly trying to please Bush and Cheney for your own political gain, you would have probably won re-election. Take it like a man and leave, Coleman!

    January 5, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Yea Right

    The joke here is on Coleman! I mean you must have not done that good a job if a SNL character beat you strait up. As far as JC's comments, c'mon man I have been watching this thing the whole time. No one got more of an advantage than the other. I run pretty center of the spectrum, I don't think Franken is going to be a "great" senator, but obviously the people of Minnesota think he will do as good if not better then Coleman. Sorry Neo-cons your time is up, if the GOP want to come out of this and still have a party, it's time to evolve out of politics of the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Not as if the DNC is a whole lot better, but at least they seem to changing things to bait the younger generation in.

    January 5, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Dee

    Minnesota has officially joined the ranks of Florida and California as election LAUGHINGSTOCKS. If it mattered less I'd be having a good chuckle over this...

    January 5, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. gt

    congradulatiions minnesota your the laughing stock of the country ..ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    January 5, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Dylan from MN

    I'm from Minnesota and I am ecstatic!

    January 5, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. JC: doesn't get lower than 2000

    with out a coup, the bar was set and won't be any lower than the repubs from 2000, that was jaw droppingly low

    so was the 8 years following that, what a mess

    January 5, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Ed

    Well ... something similar happened in 2000, remember? Much as I hate to admit it, Bush probably really did win Florida, although probably by well under 500 votes.

    So long as the legal process determines the best has been done with recount processes, the winner will be the winner. And shoudl be accepted as such. Period.

    January 5, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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