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. Kwesoe

    What a pleasant way to end the month of June for the Democrats. Congrats Al, you deserve it from the beginning. Obama must be smiling this afternoon.

    June 30, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Roger from CA

    Congratulations, Senator Franken!

    Coleman: Be a good citizen of your state and your country, and allow Franken to take his office. You've done enough damage. Go home.

    June 30, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. katiec

    Well it is about time.
    Now we can move on,

    June 30, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Genobuilt

    Let 'em appeal, but this time at the rodeo let the big phoney challenge the ruling in favor of [the newly seated] senator of Minnesota, Al Franken.

    June 30, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Rev. Vincent M Dicks, OSJD

    In the interest of the citizens of Minnesota, may this be the prevailing opinion without review, appeals, stalling, or other political maneuvers. My goodness, let us get this over with. If these parties need to contest an election, let them do in 5 1/2 years.

    June 30, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Joe in Austin

    and I thought minnesotans had no sense of humor

    June 30, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Ivan Morales

    Under what constitutional theory would Republicans be able to appeal to the US Sup Ct? It seems like there are not to many federal basis to appeal now that the State Sup Ct concluded that the vote was valid and could be certified.

    June 30, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Hey BIG Spender

    What a joke

    June 30, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Bill

    this isn't fair ... a republican lost a disputed election ... that's not how it's supposed to work

    June 30, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Norcal DM

    Now Minnesota has 2 senators. It took them long enough to settle this matter. Congrats to Al Franken. He will serve Minnesota well.

    June 30, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. dirk

    What is it with you yanks electing bad entertainers for public office?

    June 30, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Mendoza Sams

    About time!

    June 30, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Cnn please post my thoughts! 1 love!

    Boooommmmmmmmmmm great victory for the dems! But now they have to deliver big time for the American people! no more excuses!!!!

    June 30, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Nick

    Justice is served! I'm glad this did not end up like 2000!

    June 30, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. VB in NC

    Finally. Will the Republican's accept the people's votes, we can only hope so.

    June 30, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Kenneth

    its about time!

    June 30, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Bill Montgomery

    I am a Republican and proud of it and even I believe that former Sen. Coleman needs to concede and let it go and let Sen. Al Franken get to work. Personally I do not believe that these are actually results seeing as how Franken disputed the first results but the results continue to be the same the Sen. Coleman needs to concede because all he is doing is continuously hurting the party. We are trying to repair the party and he is not helping.

    June 30, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Tyler

    If Pawlenty wants to run for president in 2012, he'll certify Franken as the winner. Not doing so would make him look like a sore loser and continue to be a distraction.

    June 30, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. bendo

    No, this time I dont think they will, Pawlenty will sign the Cert.

    June 30, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    And the news talk about Iran Election result. and the band plays on. Good job Al Franken fight for what's yours.

    June 30, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. michael, vermont

    It's over

    June 30, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. link

    To whom would they appeal. Way to go Al

    June 30, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. 25 year old independent, get a clue, it's time to rise above the childish ways

    about time!!! the 60 sentate majority complete

    June 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Brent

    It's about time. Norm Coleman is an absolute disgrace for dragging this out for 6+ months.

    June 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Jay

    Because he's good enough, smart enough, and dog-gonnit, people like him.

    June 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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