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. Desert Lion

    Al Franken has Only five years and four months left for second term.

    June 30, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Jon Krieger

    Wonder how much franken paid them off!Al franken was an unfunny comedian on "snl" now he wants to be a useless politician?Man,I am glad I don't live in minnesota!

    June 30, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. V C Washington

    Congrats Senator Franken...time to get to work.

    June 30, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Amy

    Thank goodness. Coleman was a fighter, but a sore loser. And he chose power politics (delaying seating of Franken, impacting the number of Democrats in the Congress) over the people he supposedly wanted to represent – all Minnesotans.

    June 30, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Stone

    He won a long ago but the republicans delayed him from going to washington, would the republicans appeal? the loser should be fined

    June 30, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. RepubliKLANs Are Plain Stupid

    yes, appeal they will until the get their way...little cry babies these republicans!!!

    June 30, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. JohnS

    It is about time.

    Even the Iranian election was faster than the Minnesota Senate election. What do we learn from the Republicans? They can outpace the Iranian corruption if given the tools.

    June 30, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Steve

    What a joke. Franken is a mistake that will take 6 years to ameliorate. Go listen to some of his Air America stuff, sending Franken to the Senate is as bad as sending Rush Limbaugh to the Senate.

    June 30, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. David

    HOORAY!!! Hopefully, justice will prevail and the republicans will just move on and not look for another Bush v Gore debacle. This was a state election won fairly and squarely through multiple judicial reviews, not a federal one (not that it would make a difference to the party of "NO"). It is now up to Governor Pawlenty to do the right thing and sign the certification documents.

    June 30, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Michael

    It's over. The GOP has nothing left in their bag of tricks. And, to be fair, Coleman was entitled to pursue this issue to this point. But, MN law is clear, Pawlenty must sign the election certificate now that all in-state appeals have been exhausted. Although Coleman could take his case to a federal court, he'll do so while Franken is a sitting Senator from MN.

    June 30, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Lauren

    Wooo hooo!!! Count 'em, that makes the big 6-0 in the Senate! Now come on Dems, do something good with this ;)

    June 30, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. SHRED

    Congrats Al public option now

    June 30, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Michael

    Jesus Coleman, get over it already. The Dems didn't put up this much of a stink in 2000, when the future of the entire country (and much of the world, as it turns out) was at stake. You lost, fair and square. Move on.

    June 30, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Michael Solock

    Congratulations Al, its about time

    June 30, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. June

    Al Frankin???? With his mouth and crude jokes I can't believe it!!!

    June 30, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Angel

    YAY! About time, Minnesota! Come on, Pawlenty, do the right thing.

    June 30, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. jd

    congrads,time to go to work

    June 30, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. President Obama

    You can't stop (Single Payor Health Care Reform, Climate Change, Gays in the miltary etc) me now!!!!

    June 30, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Peter

    I'm waiting to see the response from the party of 'NO'. The party with all the excuses and NO answers.....

    June 30, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Daniel Schlafer

    Happy Fourth of July ! Republican trickery and shenanigans may have finally come to an end ? All Minnesotans may be free at last to have two US Senators , ot one ! The Great Al Franken will ride into Washington to help save the day !

    June 30, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Pawlenty has said several times that he will sign the certification if so ordered by the Minnesota SC. He can't go back on that now without causing himself real damage. Sorry Coleman.

    June 30, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. J.P.

    Niiiiiiiiice!

    Remember kids, the morale of this story is, "What you cannot accomplish at the ballot box, push through the court!"

    June 30, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. Anne E.

    Certify him, already! The Senate (at least those members to whom it matters) needs to be about the business of the people, and working with our President to get the job DONE. PERIOD.

    June 30, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Jason

    Franken got the gig. He'd better be funny.

    June 30, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. Jonita

    Now will Norm Coleman just go away..he is a sore loser and the people of Minn now know he was in the Senate for himself and not them.

    June 30, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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