(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.