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. Jeff

    Coleman said at the end of election day that Al Franken shouldn't waste taxpayers money with a recount. Yet once he was on the losing side, it was ok to deprive his state of half their clout in the Senate and drag on a very expensive legal battle for a half of a year. The spiraling hypocrisy of the right is absolutely destroying their party. I hope they enjoy the political irrelevance that faces them for years to come.

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

    Not only did Bush ruin the nation, but made it possible for dimwits like Franken to get elected to Senate. It's a sad day for Minnesota and for the whole USA when a comedian puts his name in as a joke...and wins.

    June 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Obama MamaMan

    if franken won before the first lawsuit, it is the republican's fault. If franken lost then sued till he won, how is it the republican's fault? Please explain.

    June 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. John Dolen

    They can't appeal again...the Supreme Court of the State as ruled. There is no higher body to appeal to. Federal Supreme Court can't rule on this issue, they don't have any authority, it's a state constitutional issue.

    June 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. spacemunky

    Doesn't Coleman have to pay Sen. Franken's court fees? Hopefully ol' boy will be too busy trying to pay his bills, rather than trying to circumvent the will of the people and the rule of law.

    June 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. disillusioned

    How dare they count all votes!? what kind of a democracy is this, where a politician can't use the court system to disenfranchise voters in order to win an election?

    Sad.

    June 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Nick

    Come on. Seat Franken now. I'd say this even if I had wanted Coleman to win. This is ridiculous. It's been nearly eight months since election day and nearly six since Franken would have been seated under normal circumstances. Get on with it. Governor Pawlenty, please stop this laughing stock.

    June 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. CONNIE

    Yeah....it has been decided... Sen. Norm Coleman's needs to move on and let a responsbile senator like Al Franken get to work for the people of Minnesota.

    June 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Waiting

    Yep the GOP will follow their typical procedure and cause even more problems and delays, they don't care about the country, just protecting their power to continue to get their kickbacks from big industry.

    June 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Jack Flannigan

    Thank goodness. Put a fork in it, it is hopefully done.

    June 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Don

    It's about time!

    June 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Liberal lack common sense

    A hateful liberal in the Senate. That's always a good addition for debate. What were the people of Minnesota thinking?

    June 30, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Mir

    I think Al should fix Norm up for a bit role on the SNL program. With the seat gone and his reputation in tatters, Norm will need all the help he can get!

    June 30, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. HHH

    Yea! We finally got our filabuster!

    June 30, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Jo

    Go Demo Go Demo we made it we made it. Now let's kick some butts.

    June 30, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Jamie

    The people of MN have been deprived of representation for SIX MONTHS. Time for Norm to stop being so selfish.

    June 30, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Hooray!!! Finally, another intelligent mind on the side of reason and reality to assist in the fight against ignorance and greed in this country!

    Do I hear a lucky number 60? After so many years, the Democrats will now be able to have some real power in DC.

    Let's hope they grow some backbone with this good news!

    June 30, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. johnny

    Pawlenty needs to sign it.

    June 30, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. mjm

    Now Iran can point the finger back at us.

    Minnesota's election was a joke and a scam.

    June 30, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Lary Craig

    finally,the democrats have 60 votes in the senate.now we can get back on track to fixing the country without having to worry about hypocrite republiklans.

    June 30, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Liberal Cuban

    Victory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. C R Rendon

    Is the corn finally waist-high? It's about time!

    June 30, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Mike in MN

    Hopefully Coleman will appeal to Federal courts.
    Franken would be the biggest joke of a Sanator in history. One more clown in Washington that calls himself a Democrat.
    Once Obama and the Democrats take over every aspect of our lives, destroy the economy and bankrupt this country, maybe the mainstream media will stop worshiping Obama and stop supporting all the Dems liberal lies and we can vote the Dems out by 2012. Won't be much of a county left by then though.

    June 30, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Phil

    Repubs will tie this up as long as possible.

    June 30, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Obama for America

    I bet you another GOP scandal that the GOP will try to take this to the US Supreme Court.

    They lost...and they don't like it.

    June 30, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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