(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.
You know the stalling republicans will appeal again. Have a nice day!
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.
How fast will Coleman file in Federal Court?
finally. Good job MN Supreme Court
YES.....your move Coleman
Hip Hip Hooray. It is about time! Now the big question...will Pawlenty sign off on this?
Now maybe the cry baby coleman will go home and shut up
(it's about time)
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.
So when does he get seated???
Finally, but is it really over???
At last, I did not quite see a Senetor Al but the, I did not see A Governor Ventura either.
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.
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.
Now Rush can say "President Obama met today with Senator Franken"
YES!! YES!! YES!!
Say good-bye to Coleman. Jesus, thank GOD this foolishness is finally OVER.
NOW let's hear Coleman concede.
Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Senator Franken!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
I wonder if the current Supreme Court will get involved...
It is about time, this is great news! I am disgusted with the way Republicans have delayed this appointment.
And we thought 2000 was bad...
It is about time, that was crazy! What happened to real elections