June 30th, 2009
02:25 PM ET
5 years ago

BREAKING: Minnesota's highest court rules for Al Franken

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of Al Franken Tuesday.
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of Al Franken Tuesday.

(CNN) - Minnesota's Supreme Court has dismissed former Sen. Norm Coleman's challenge to the state's November election results and declared Democratic challenger Al Franken the winner.

The unanimous opinion ruled that Franken "received the highest number of votes legally cast" and is entitled "to receive the certificate of election as United States senator from the state of Minnesota."

The former "Saturday Night Live" writer and performer had declared victory in the disputed race after a recount ended in January, but Coleman - a Republican who had been seeking a second six-year term - went to court to challenge those results.

Coleman still could attempt to take the challenge to federal courts, but Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, told CNN on Sunday that he would sign Franken's election certificate if the Supreme Court ordered it.

Updated: 2:25 p.m.

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Filed under: Al Franken • Minnesota • Norm Coleman
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Rie

    Let the man get on with representing his state! Please.

    June 30, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Abby

    Wonderful! This will not please the party of yesteryear. :-)

    June 30, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Roy Arellano (San Antonio)

    About time. Get it over with and let's move forward.

    June 30, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. RCasson

    Obama is truly King now. Suck it GOP!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Liz

    It is about time!! Norm – it was getting a little silly.

    June 30, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. tn mom

    Is it finally over? 7 months later?? Seat him and let him do his job and give MN their 2 senators

    June 30, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Texas Teacher

    Oh, of course, Coleman will challenge the issue... the man is a bozo supported by a Republican Constituency of Bozos! They will I am sure do anything to keep this appointment tied up in the courts in order to stymie any movement in the Senate in support of the President. Doesn't mean that he has a chance.. just means it is the way the GOP function... win by hook or crook... barring that... just plain cheat and lie! All you have to do is spend one program listening to Rush Limbaugh to hear the mentality of the GOP... and this is nothing new! People are just becoming wise to them.... *smirk*

    June 30, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Pam

    FINALLY! Coleman is such a hypocrite....what am I saying? He's a republican so, of course, he's a hypocrite! I love their conservative views on fidelity (oops), their anti-gay stance (oops), their fiscal conservatism (oops again)! My dreams of a country without their Joe McCarthy views actually might happen.

    June 30, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Alverant

    Randolph, since when are republicans appealing?

    Coleman lost in a fair and legal election. It's too bad he feels the law should make an exception for him.

    June 30, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. BJ

    ...and the Senate becomes more of a joke...

    June 30, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Annie

    It looks like, maybe, welcome Senator Franken, finally!

    June 30, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Diana NJ

    I don't know why it was so difficult and what took so long. Now we will watch the Govenor.. take his time.. doing the right thing.

    June 30, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Paul from Kissimmee

    We have a comedian in the senate. Way to go.

    June 30, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Liberal4Obama

    About time. Hey Timmy sign the certificate, stop stalling already !

    June 30, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Robin in Tampa, FL

    Finally after nearly 8 months Minnesotans gets their 2nd Senator.

    June 30, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Justin In Miami

    It was about time.....it was pretty obvious.

    June 30, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. nri

    Fart Limbaugh, the head of GOP will come with some twisted logic again and the fight will continue.

    June 30, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Danielle

    What a waste of time and money. Coleman should have bowed out long ago.

    June 30, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Laura

    I still can't believe this guy got any votes at all!

    June 30, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Lowell

    That's it! Ladies and gentlemen, the 2008 elections are FINALLY OVER!!!!

    June 30, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. David S. Robins

    Yay, bravo, Al. You won election fair and square and you deserve to take your Senate seat proudly. It's always good when another corrupt Republican candidate bites the dust.

    June 30, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. CJG

    Let us hope this is over , but Coleman just seems to not take no for an answer. Odd for member of the party of no!

    June 30, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Roberttxdem

    Why appeal any further? Close as it was, Franken won. The recount was automatic, not requested due to the tightness of the race under state law. Coleman asked Franken to give up when he was ahead, but hypocritically changed his tune when he was behind on the recount, and now has cost time, money, and representation for the people of Minnesota. Governor Pawlenty needs to head his state's highest court and certify this election. If Coleman wants to challenge Franken again, it should be at the ballot box, and not the courthouse.

    June 30, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. Marcia

    Halelulia

    June 30, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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