June 30th, 2009
04:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Breaking: Coleman concedes

(CNN) - Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman Tuesday officially conceded defeat in his 2008 reelection bid, hours after the state's high court paved the way for Democrat Al Franken's victory.

"I just had a conversation with Al Franken congratulating him on his victory," Coleman said in a press conference with reporters. "I told him it’s the best job he'll ever have representing Minnesota in the United States Senate.

"The Supreme Court has spoken, I will respect its decision, and abide by its results," Coleman also said.


Filed under: Al Franken • Norm Coleman
soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. WAKE UP AMERICA

    What, that's it? YOU spent millions of dollars over this nonsense? GO AWAY Coleman you're DONE.

    June 30, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    HALLELUJAH. Can you say fillibuster proof majority?

    June 30, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. jjj

    Its about time.

    June 30, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Sacto Joe

    Better late than never. But FAR better never late!

    Congratulations, Senator Franken! Now go kick some Party of No behinid!

    June 30, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Cry Me A River GOP

    WOw took you long enough... I dont think anybody should be applauding you Mr Coleman. Your selfishness has left the people of MN without proper representation guaranteed to the state by the constitution.

    June 30, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Karen - Missouri

    It's about time!

    June 30, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Sherrol in Canada

    Good stuff..........How will the GOP react now?

    June 30, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. JimG

    He's good enough, he's smart enough, and doggone it, people like him...

    June 30, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Terry, OK

    Now that is news. I thought the man would be camped out on the Capitol lawn by now.

    This is a good thing. It's good for Minnesota and it's good for the country. Now if South Carolinians could get their act together, we'd be in business.

    June 30, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Flash in the Pan

    Another Democratic clown in the senate...

    June 30, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Shawn

    GO LANDSLIDE AL !!!!!

    Franken is very smart, a good progressive AND he drives Republicans absolutely NUTS. I love the guy!

    June 30, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Desert Lion

    How about fighting it all the way U.S. superem court?

    June 30, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Enlightened Voter

    He must be broke. hahahahahheheheh Good bye repuke and good riddance! See rethuglicans, this is one reason why your party is evil.

    June 30, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Sen. Norm Coleman – Thank you the Republicans party don't need no more drama.

    June 30, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Kevin in Ohio

    OK, liberals, its over and Coleman has graciously conceded and Pawlenty will sign the papers. Much the same as Al Gore finally graciously conceded in 2000. The process works. Now the dems have their 60-seat filibuster proof majority. Its all on you now. No excuses. No longer Bush's fault.

    June 30, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Fla.

    It's about time! The good people of MN went TOO long without their second US Senator over this obstructive nonsense. It is finally coming to a conclusion.

    Congratulations Senator Franken.

    June 30, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. liac

    Thank goodness they counted 110% of the votes!

    oh...wait... hmmmmm

    June 30, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. D-Nice

    If you're ever feeling down about losing, Norm, just look in the mirror and tell yourself, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!"

    You'll feel better in no time. ;-)

    June 30, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Some republican guy

    I want to see Al Franken's birth certificate! What kind of a name is Franken anyway? It sounds Mexican or something. Have a nice day!

    June 30, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. missouri girl

    Wow! I thought this would never end!

    June 30, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. joe m

    coleman had reached the point where he couldn't win, even if he wins.

    June 30, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Finally, it is about time for this to end. I can't believe that this has gone on this long. I just hope that the governor signs off on this as soon as possible so that there can be a full Senate.

    June 30, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Matt

    Much ado about nothing.

    June 30, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    This is one of the MANY reasons I have left the republican party and i will NEVER return, they are immoral and could care less about ordinary citizens. They are for themselves and the rich only. They say they are pro life yet love guns, war, support the death penalty and hunt. They say they are for small gov yet want to tell you what to do with your body and whom you can and cannot marry. They say they are fiscally responsible yet they have bankrupted and crippled this economy. coleman is just another typical republican. NEVER again!

    June 30, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. SPJ

    Great, now we have a funny man representing the people. Frankly, folks we deserve exactly what we are getting !!!

    June 30, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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