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. Randolph Carter

    You know the stalling republicans will appeal again. Have a nice day!

    June 30, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. WhoCares?

    FINALLY.

    Those Rethugs tried as long as they could to keep one of Minnesota's elected officials from serving them...you know..because of that whole "Country First" thing.

    June 30, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Herk

    HooRay!

    June 30, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. JR

    How fast will Coleman file in Federal Court?

    June 30, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Waylon

    finally. Good job MN Supreme Court

    June 30, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Myron Owens

    YES.....your move Coleman

    June 30, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Deb

    Hip Hip Hooray. It is about time! Now the big question...will Pawlenty sign off on this?

    June 30, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. jeff cooper

    Now maybe the cry baby coleman will go home and shut up

    June 30, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. a little sad but doing the happy dance

    YES!!

    (it's about time)

    June 30, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Bill

    Now will former Senator Coleman finally quit.

    If the Deems had done this long delay like the Republicans the Republicans would be crying this is and outrage.

    June 30, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. PA Democrat

    So when does he get seated???

    June 30, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. gg

    Thanks God!!

    June 30, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Skiwee

    Finally, but is it really over???

    June 30, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Okey Moronu

    At last, I did not quite see a Senetor Al but the, I did not see A Governor Ventura either.

    June 30, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. kingtech

    It's about time! Al, take your rightful place and get to work serving the electorate! There's a lot of work to do and this ridiculous process has wasted valuable time.

    June 30, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Kuratali

    Do you think Coleman is going to quit his pursuit? Pawlenty said he would sign off on seating Franken if the MN Supreme Court ruled in his favor, but the caveat was that he would give Coleman time to try and get a Federal Injunction. Get ready for another round. Good people of Minnnesota, maybe one senator is all you need. Republicans seem to think so.

    June 30, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Darth Vadik, CA

    Now Rush can say "President Obama met today with Senator Franken"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA

    June 30, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. WAKE UP AMERICA

    YES!! YES!! YES!!

    Say good-bye to Coleman. Jesus, thank GOD this foolishness is finally OVER.

    NOW let's hear Coleman concede.

    June 30, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. baker

    Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Senator Franken!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. John in Rochester MN

    Now the question is, will Pawlenty do what he should have done in the first place, or will he put off seating Franken since he has nothing to lose anyway? For that matter, will Coleman do what he should have done six months ago? I'm doubtful on both counts.

    June 30, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Tree Hugging Pacifist Liberal

    I wonder if the current Supreme Court will get involved...

    June 30, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Joe Rivera

    It is about time, this is great news! I am disgusted with the way Republicans have delayed this appointment.

    June 30, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Mike

    good news

    June 30, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. JesseU

    And we thought 2000 was bad...

    June 30, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Peggy Henry

    It is about time, that was crazy! What happened to real elections

    June 30, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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