January 5th, 2009
04:35 PM ET
11 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. Dylan from MN

    First off, Coleman has done jack for Minnesota. Second off, he's being investigated for corruption. Third, quit acting ridiculous, calling this the end of democracy...it was a close race, life isn't fair...and for the record, we don't need "civil war".

    January 5, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Randy in Cleveland

    Funny how the republicans stand up now and cry foul. But they had no problem in 2000 when Bush stole the election. And yes it was stolen! So I say yes this election in Minn was probably stolen too, but oh well!!!!! Turnabout is fair play!

    January 5, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Anne

    Was Senator Coleman fighting to have every vote counted in 2000? I somehow doubt it.

    January 5, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Keith

    Most of you fool's believe anything your so called GOP leaders tell you, your no better then members of a gang unable to think for yourself' s thank god for independents. you see we don't blindly follow one party or the other, however in this election Republicans lost the independents because your party is anything but inclusive and that formula goes for Minnesota too you see independents make up a huge voting block out there and Republicans are not connecting, this one was close they had a chance and that's why it hurts so bad but screaming and crying only make there fall from grace worse.

    So Matt you can have your civil war you crave so much just rename yourself to unAmerican slime or domestic terrorist cause that what you sound like to me, in eight years I never heard anyone I know joke about a war were Americans kill Americans because there guy didn't win. as for me I wish all newly elected senators good luck you'll need with people like Matt praying for this country's demise.

    January 5, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Susanne

    ¡Viva la Democracy!
    This is going to be fun.

    January 5, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Dave

    These people who detest feign hysteria about Al Franken have no idea what they are talking about. These are the same goofs who hang on every word that Limbaugh says – and believe it. So of course they are going to think Al is "unAmerican." What a bunch of crap and nonsense.

    January 5, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Craig

    Dave,

    Is he unamerican simply because he doesn't believe in America the same way you do? And do we need to strip voters of Al Franken of their right to vote simply because you do not agree with it?

    Give me a break....

    Alot of people claim that someone is "Unamerican" simply because they don't agree with everything our country does. If you have kids, do you agree with every mistake they make or do you teach them a lesson so that they will be better for it? I hope the latter would be your answer to that question and I hope you love them as well.

    January 5, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Keith

    Most of you fool's believe anything your so called GOP leaders tell you, your no better then members of a gang unable to think for yourself' s thank god for independents. you see we don't blindly follow one party or the other, however in this election Republicans lost the independents because your party is anything but inclusive and that formula goes for Minnesota too you see independents make up a huge voting block out there and Republicans are not connecting, this one was close they had a chance and that's why it hurts so bad but screaming and crying only make there fall from grace worse.

    So Matt you can have your civil war you crave so much just rename yourself to unAmerican slime or domestic terrorist cause that what you sound like to me, in eight years I never heard anyone I know joke about a war were Americans kill Americans because there guy didn't win. as for me I wish all newly elected senators even Al Franken good luck you'll need it with people like Matt praying for this country's demise.

    January 5, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Roger Whipple

    Oh Boo hoo. Quite your whining. You children lost. L-O-S-T. The people voted...you might remember the people. They normally decide elections before crony appointed courts started stealing them.

    American is back in the hands of the people.

    Keep voting. And when your guy loses buck it up and vote the next time around. But enough whining from the big babies

    January 5, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Ken in Dallas

    Greetings, all. I'm a joke, so I hear.

    Anybody who has proof that the Minnesota recount is invalid has neglected his duty by failing to bring that proof forward before now.

    Absent any such proof, all derogatory comments that remain are nothing but WHINING.

    Franken won the election. It's just possible he'll prove himself a good Senator. He has earned the chance to try.

    'nuff said.

    January 5, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Jon

    This is simply more proof that recounts do more damage to the legitimacy of a democratic vote than any good they might do. No matter who comes out the winner, each side is bitter for years after. We never heard the end of complaints about Florida in 2000. The Washington Governor's race of 2004 was no better, and precipitated another sad contest where an unpopular governor got to run against the same set of ideas that couldn't win last time, only the year, 2008, being different. Now we have the Minnesota Senate race of 2008 to add to the travesty. We change the laws, we change the technology, but the same problems keep happening. Optical scanners were supposed to remove the ambiguity from voting that plagued punch cards, they did not. Single voting standard laws were supposed to avert the allegations of double standards in vote counting, they did not. There's one simple course of action that would eliminate this. The vote total on election night is the certified total, no re-examining unless proof of fraud is presented. That would eliminate these ridiculous recount fights and restore some faith in the winners of close elections.

    January 5, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Mary

    People, serious, give the guy a chance. Like Slick did us any favors that didn't directly benefit himself.

    January 5, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Sarah

    Congratulations Senator Franken. You won the most Minnesota votes. Despite bitter Republican'ts whining, you will be a wonderful representative from this great state.

    January 5, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. fielding mellish

    Is this ever cathartic...hearing the right wing whine about disenfranchised voters and a questionable secretary of state. LOL!

    January 5, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Chuck, Tennessee

    I remember watching Al Franken on SNL. He was stupid then and stupidity is not a disease you can get rid of. Congratulations to just barely over half of Minnesotans for electing an idiot to the Senate,

    January 5, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Chad, Wisco

    At this point Jesse Ventura probably really won. Congrats Minnesota, you have not replaced Illinois, Washington, and Floriday as the most screwed up states in regards to elections. No matter who is declared the winner the other will cry foul at this point, and the scary thing is that both sides probably have very valid arguements of foul play.

    January 5, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Keith

    Most of you fool's believe anything your so called GOP leaders tell you, your no better then members of a gang unable to think for yourself' s thank god for independents. you see we don't blindly follow one party or the other, however in this election Republicans lost the independents because your party is anything but inclusive and that formula goes for Minnesota too, you see independents make up a huge voting block out there and Republicans are not connecting, this one was close they had a chance and that's why it hurts so bad but screaming and crying only make there fall from grace worse.

    So Matt you can have your civil war you crave so much just rename yourself to unAmerican slime or domestic terrorist cause that what you sound like to me, in eight years I never heard anyone I know joke about a war were Americans kill Americans because there guy didn't win. as for me I wish all newly elected senators even Al Franken good luck you'll need it with people like Matt praying for this country's demise.

    January 5, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. David M

    This election in MN was not decided by the voters but by lawyers. Why count, recount and invalidate every vote already cast when you can have a runoff and allow the 15% that voted for the 3rd party to have a second chance to get it right.

    Right now, whoever wins the seat steals the election, and that is going to haunt him until 2014. The Minnesota election system should have the runoff as a contengency for future elections.

    January 5, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. DM

    I have one for Ambrose Bierce: stolen election (n) – an election in which the other side is victorious

    January 5, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Keith

    Matt you can have your civil war you crave so much just rename yourself to unAmerican slime or domestic terrorist cause that what you sound like to me, in eight years I never heard anyone I know joke about a war were Americans kill Americans because there guy didn't win. as for me I wish all newly elected senators even Al Franken good luck you'll need it with people like Matt praying for this country's demise.

    January 5, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Who's the Anti-American Now?

    LOL at the moron who says Franken is anti-American with one breath and then says voters should be stripped of their rights with the next.

    This is *exactly* why the "conservatives" have lost their footing in this country.

    January 5, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. Bob

    Sorry Minnesota, but you get what you deserve.
    I wonder if any of you who voted for him ever listened to this guy while he was on Air America ? Oh yeah I forgot, hardly any stations carried it, ratings were terrible, and they went bankrupt. Then Franken ran from the sinking ship. He must have really cared about that gig huh ?

    January 5, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. James

    Republicans should be beaming over this. As the Dems push themselves further and further to the left they will no doubt lose many moderate votes. This hyper-liberialism will give way once again to moderate conservatism and the Republicans. This will lead once again to hyper-conservatism and then the moderates will make another change. This whole process will take a while but it's nice to see the Dems moving forward before Obama even takes office. The only question is it going to take 4, 8 or 12 years.

    January 5, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Rushpublicans Hate Lawyers

    Until they lose elections, then they employ them to overturn the will of the people.

    January 5, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Greed is not good

    All the Dem's need now is only 1 Republican "traitor". The Joe Lieberman of the GOP is out there waiting to see the light.

    January 5, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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