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. MIKE J

    THIS IS AWESOME!

    January 5, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Franken is a SNAKE!

    It was said from the beginning that Franken and the Democrats were snakes who, with the help of ACORN would keep the counting going until the numbers came up in Franken's favor, then demand the counting stop and claim victory.

    It was also said that Coleman and the Republicans were too weak and sissified to put up a fight and prevent the election from being stolen.

    Minnesota is a joke and if Franken is seated, his "legitimacy" will certainly get more laughs than his so called comedy ever did!

    The United States is now officially a Third-World Country!

    January 5, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. In Houston, TX

    Okay, yet another comment for the "conservative" commentors.
    Something that stuck out like a sore thumb that must be addressed.
    Al Franken is not "anti-American." This is a term you right wingnuts have come up with for anyone who criticizes America when they think America is wrong. We are not perfect and to not acknowleding our short comings and mistakes would be a fatal error.
    The conservative thinking is "America! right or wrong"
    The liberal thinking is America! let's keep her right and correct her when she is wrong!

    This above all to thine own self be true.

    Oh! And, There are no areas of the country that is more American than other parts of the country.

    January 5, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Bob

    A sad sad day for democracy !
    When are Republican lawyers gonna learn ?
    Being honest doesn't pay in politics.

    January 5, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. AP from Illinois

    To all of the GOP complainers and whiners, here's a suggestion.

    How about we just call it even?

    You had 8 years of a President in 2000 on disputed votes and you told us to "Get over it." We didn't think that was fair either. It's time to take a bit of your own medicine and move on.

    January 5, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Change is coming...DEAL

    "sadly, Another election stolen by a corrupt political system"

    Like....in 2000/2004?

    January 5, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Jason

    Nothing as pleasant to my ears than right wing bitterness! Ahhhh...

    January 5, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. alvino

    Way to go Al! This marks the end of Coleman's reign of corruption. Why is it that some feel that if you count the votes, the election is stolen?

    January 5, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Rae

    Hurrah!
    Being from Minnesota, it's great to finally have someone who cares about the political process. To those that are arguing that this was stolen, in no way do I feel that that is the case. In my opinion, we have representative elections, and I feel like our system is pretty strong.
    Franken asked for votes to be counted when they may or may not be in his favor. He took a chance that worked out. He simply wanted the ballots counted. Imagine that, a place where votes actually matter.
    I, for one, am glad that my vote was a part of his election.
    There were 12,000+ Absentee ballots rejected, and Coleman and his cronies have gone through them to find 650 that were in his favor to be accepted. I say, count them all! These absentee ballots were rejected properly, but if Norm wants them counted, then we should count ALL of them (including the other 550 or so that he didn't hand select). Don't you think?

    January 5, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Larry in Houston

    Coleman needs to let it GO, and Forget it, and go ON !!
    He lost the re-count, period...
    Gore lost in 2004, (unfortunately) because the voters didn't bother to vote, and didn't care enough to vote, so that's why Gore lost. It won't happen again...

    Larry C.
    Houston, Texas

    January 5, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. KG

    Keep crying and spewing hate, republicans.

    January 5, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Change is coming...DEAL

    "sadly, Another election stolen by a corrupt political system"

    Like....in 2000/2004?

    January 5, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. MIKE J

    REPUBLICANS ARE LOSERS

    January 5, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. John

    Yahoo!!!!
    Through hard work, Al gets another, "Franken Decade".

    January 5, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. American

    I am happy that MN got rid of corrupted coleman, repubs, stealing election is your but this time your tactics didnt work, rememeber you can cheat once but not all the time.

    Go Al!!

    January 5, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Greg

    Maybe the partisan Supreme Court will appoint Coleman despite the will of the people, like they did in Florida.

    January 5, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Micah

    Say what you will about the Bush administration. It really has no bearing on this article.

    What is interesting is that in both 2000 and in this election, the Democrats were VERY concerned and crying over whether every vote got counted. In both, once the Democrat took the lead, the demos' lawyers called everything to a halt (in spite of ongoing questions of whether all votes were properly counted) and a declaration of the demo as the winner.

    In Florida, the demos were pushing for democrat votes to be "found" or "deciphered" while looking through the crystal ball of "voter intent." The same thing happened here. Franken pushed for votes to be counted but when the same standard would have given Coleman votes, Franken did not want them to apply.

    Whatever happened to putting your cards on the table, counting the votes, and letting the results stand. As it is, the demos push in any race they lost until they can drum up enough votes to put them over the top.

    These actions, along with most of the Democrat Party, are pathetic.

    January 5, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. In Houston, TX

    Okay, yet another comment for the "conservative" commentors.
    Something that stuck out like a sore thumb that must be addressed.
    Al Franken is not "anti-American." This is a term you right wingnuts have come up with for anyone who criticizes America when they think America is wrong. We are not perfect and to not acknowleding our short comings and mistakes would be a fatal error.
    The conservative thinking is "America! right or wrong"
    The liberal thinking is America! let's keep her right and correct her when she is wrong!

    This above all to thine own self be true.

    Oh! And, There are no areas of the country that is more American than other parts of the country.

    January 5, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Erick in AL

    oh my! GOP get over it! Seems like Franken won fair and square. And democrats are NOT anti American and anti christ. I'm a democrat who loves God, and my country. I have relatives and community members on the battlefield, right now. Get over it! 2009 is the year of change and new beginnigs.

    January 5, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Rob

    And thus even more proof that this session of Congress will continue the streak of Worst Congress Ever! Looks like at least another 2 years of single digit approval ratings.

    Although on the bright side, with the Franken win, there is hope for the future. It doesn't matter; got an IQ of 2 (2 more than Franken), been or are a coke-head, failed at every other job you've held? No problem! Just yell like an idiot at conservatives and you're guaranteed a spot in Congress (at least from Minnesota).

    So now the people of Minnesota will have two years to reflect upon the mistake they made, while they (and unfortunately us as well) are suffering for it.

    The Democrat Party – We Can Steal Anything!

    January 5, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. NYC REPUB

    I really hope Obama begins an age of post – partisanship.......... Dems, and the Good Old Party, really need to come to consensus, and not versus on so many issues facing the U.S. Reading some of these blogs really show me that at least we the people, the laymen in the country, need to force every politician to prove that they are worthy of hire. As Hillary vs. Obama, and Obama vs. McCain did....... We want the best, and nothing more.......... I'm a republican true to form(I became a Republican b/c they always won, and many were/are wealthy, I also respect the conservative movement, but that wasn't what drew me) that's what I wanted in my life. However since the Clinton Administration(who I didn't vote for but wish I did) and the Bush administration, I've noticed that no, one party has the answer.... we've got to come together....... I pray that Obama begins to blur the lines of red/blue. Let's put into action what works, and lay all other things that so easily beset our nation, to the side of the road.

    January 5, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Matt

    Good for the goose is good for the gander. Whose whining now GOP? How shocking to see GOPers acting hypocritical by complaining about someone stealing an election...who woulda thought they had hypocrisy in their souls? I'm flabberghasted.

    The reality is, this was far different than the crap Bush pulled. Citing facts won't change the GOPers minds tho. Facts don't matter to these people...only what they've decided to believe and the facts be d-ed.

    January 5, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Jared

    w00 h00!

    This is the BEST news I've heard in months.

    Obama, Franken, Leahy, Kucinich, Conyers, Sanders, Boxer, Durbin.....we are compiling quite the "dream team" in the Washington beltway!

    Franken RULES.

    I look forward to him irritating the crap out of the GOP. >:)

    January 5, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. No Incumbents 2010

    From the state that brought you Governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura.

    January 5, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Avey

    Excellent news!

    January 5, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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