(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.
Al Franken has Only five years and four months left for second term.
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!
Congrats Senator Franken...time to get to work.
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.
He won a long ago but the republicans delayed him from going to washington, would the republicans appeal? the loser should be fined
yes, appeal they will until the get their way...little cry babies these republicans!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wooo hooo!!! Count 'em, that makes the big 6-0 in the Senate! Now come on Dems, do something good with this ;)
Congrats Al public option now
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.
Congratulations Al, its about time
Al Frankin???? With his mouth and crude jokes I can't believe it!!!
YAY! About time, Minnesota! Come on, Pawlenty, do the right thing.
congrads,time to go to work
You can't stop (Single Payor Health Care Reform, Climate Change, Gays in the miltary etc) me now!!!!
I'm waiting to see the response from the party of 'NO'. The party with all the excuses and NO answers.....
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 !
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.
Remember kids, the morale of this story is, "What you cannot accomplish at the ballot box, push through the court!"
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.
Franken got the gig. He'd better be funny.
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.