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. Joe the Troll

    So now it goes to the SCOTUS, right?

    June 30, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. JS

    Yay, 60

    June 30, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. KLK

    Finally.

    June 30, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Mississippi Mike

    I'm sure CNN is really happy about that but don't be surprised if this ends up before the Supreme Court.

    June 30, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Genobuilt

    It's about time.

    June 30, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Richard from Virginia

    Now it's all on the Democrat's backs. No more whining about Republican obstructionism. Now the public can reap what they have sown.

    June 30, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Jeffrey

    We,are DOOMED now Franklin in the Senate and Democrats filibuster proof

    June 30, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Well that didn't take looooong at all!

    June 30, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. G

    Its about time!

    June 30, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. rmf

    Coleman is a first class hypocrite. Expect nothing less.

    June 30, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. mk

    My oldest child just moved to MN a month ago, glad to hear she will be well represented by Franken.

    June 30, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Carlie, AL

    Finally...it's about time. I feel sorry for the people who didn't vote for Al, but this whole thing could have been avoided months ago.

    Congrats to the state of Minnesota for finally seating their man.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    June 30, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. r.j.

    well,theres another big lib that going to contribute to this countrys down fall,Obama and the like our destroying this countries future for the children of today and tomorrow,we should have counted all the votes

    June 30, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. chelo

    This is Democracy, I hope Iran, Honduras, Haiti and all of the power grabbers in the world are learning something.

    June 30, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. fet up

    And republicans will continue to waste tax payer money and take this to the US Supreme court...idiots

    June 30, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes........time for Norm Coleman to go jump in one of them.

    June 30, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Liban

    Woooooooooow.... Good Day 4 all Minnesotans....... with out doubt now our Next Senetor will be Al

    June 30, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Bridgette-PA

    Ahhhh......taste the bitter sweet victory!

    June 30, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Josh

    Democrats are going to need that vote if they're going to pass health care with a public option. Probably even more important for the climate bill.

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

    Congratulations Senator Franken. I'm sure the republicans will try an appeal, just hope the citizens of Minnesota denounce it as political posturing, and let Senator Franken get to work. It has been long enough.

    June 30, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Evan

    Congratulations Al! It's about time.

    Now you can focus on your job, instead of battling a petulant loser.

    June 30, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. David K in New York, NY

    Its about time the people of Minnesota got their full complement of senators seated. Norm Coelaman's actions show he's not interested in the state as nuch as he is interested in what is good for Norm Coleman.

    June 30, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. Wray Hansen

    If Republicans have any self-respect and the federalist principles they parade while campaigning, they will accept this and will NOT appeal at the federal level.

    June 30, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. Ted McKee

    Great news! It's about time!
    The Minnesota supreme court took a ridiculous amount of time to make what was an obvious decision.

    June 30, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. T

    About time

    June 30, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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