(CNN) - Minnesota's high court has denied Democrat Al Franken's request to force the state to issue a certification of election results in the U.S. Senate race while the case continues to be appealed.
Franken currently holds a 225-vote lead over Republican Norm Coleman, who has filed suit over his allegation that some valid absentee ballots may not have been counted. The state’s governor, Republican Tim Pawlenty, and Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie have both said that they will not sign a certification of that election that would make the current count official until that lawsuit is resolved.
The decision means the trial, now wrapping its sixth week of testimony, will continue uninterrupted.
In a statement, Coleman spokesman Ben Ginsberg called the ruling “a victory for Minnesota Law and Minnesotans.”
“This wise ruling will ensure that Harry Reid, Al Franken and Chuck Schumer cannot short-circuit Minnesota Law in their partisan power play,” Ginseberg added.
A spokeswoman for Franken did not immediately respond for a request for response.
Way to go MN Supreme Court!
Where are the tickers on Michael Steele being asked to resign???
The Republicans will continue to fund this delay to keep the Democrats from having another senator. They ended the count in the 2000 presidential election in less time. What a farce our election process has become.
Its a stupid tie!!! Only 225 votes. They might as well do the election over. I know it costs money but they have instilled little confidence in the election.
Please get your act together, this is getting redundant!
If this drags on much longer, Coleman will be in two courtrooms at one time –a) the senatorial case and b) his corruption case.
The officals in charge of the recount declared Fraken the winner. Coleman needs to accept the fact that he lost and give up.
By the time this appeal is over, it will be time for another election anyway. Ugh, just end it Coleman – stop stealing Al Gore's act
Minnesota is the laughing stock of all politics. How long can they drag on this fiasco? It is almost too absurd to believe.
Norm coleman needs to quit acting like a spoiled kid who loss his toy in the sand box
Grow up and admit defeat and let Franken take his senate seat!!
You LOST... live with it buddy and move on !!
Just imagine how things would be different if the U.S. Supreme Court had been as careful as the Minnesota Court is being now. The world would be so much better off.
In the most mocking "Simpson Show" laugh: HNA-HA!
This is ridiculous. It's like Minnesota doesn't even want to seat a second senator at all.
Either way, just get it wrapped up.
Also – the longer this "trial" goes, the more votes keep getting lobbed into Franken's column.
Coleman wanted a whole host of absentee ballots counted, and it turned out that most of them were for Franken. Coleman then made a motion to get them dismissed.
As someone from the MN Court said "Coleman is in a judicial bubble that is fast running out of oxygen"
So if Franken's forcing of the issue was denied, then it's just a matter of time.
And more time. And time still. And time again. *sigh*
With his frivilous lawsuits Coleman has disgraced himself and his state. For that he should withdraw his lawsuits and allow the people's elected Senator to take office. The people are entitled to their Senator even if Coleman disagrees with the choice they made.
I don't ever want to hear the republicans complain about how the democrats are the party of lawyers anymore! Obviously, the republicans are the ones who like filing the lawsuits!
The Democrats love to accuse others of "stealing" elections when the truth of the matter is they're the masters of the art. Shameful.
Just give it to Franken Already jeeez
Honestly, we would all be better of if all our Congressman went home!... especially if they would take the White House with them.
The republicans get another day to thwart the true outcome of the Minnesota election. If Coleman was half a man (instead of an empty suit) he would have conceded, so Minnesota could have ther full representation in the senate. Another 'me first' right wingnut.
Look, I accept this denial of the Franken motion. The process is playing out very slowly, but that's how our legal system works.
Maybe this will make Sen. Franken interested in court reform when he's finally seated in 2010.
Brian@you are right and looking at the Senate, we are proabably all better off without one.
Norm, we're gonna need to go ahead and move you downstairs into storage B. We have some new people coming in, and we need all the space we can get. So if you could just go ahead and pack up your stuff and move it down there, that would be terrific, OK?
WOW!!!! Is this still dragging on? What a joke! You people need to "hang it up" on having any more elections seriously! Is it so cold up there in Moronnisota that you all suffer from brain freeze or what? Come on already...........Jeez!
Good - troop hater. Can't stand that idiot.