ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – One day after the Minnesota Supreme Court handed down it's unanimous decision in favor of Democrat Al Franken, the senator-elect thanked supporters and, for a moment, got emotional in a speech on the steps of the state capitol.
He seemed to strike a sentimental chord a couple of times, once when invoking former Minnesota Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone, who died in a plane crash in 2002.
"It is of course technically true that this was Paul's U.S. Senate seat. But I don't think Paul saw it that way," Franken said. "This seat belongs to the people of Minnesota, and so did Sen. Wellstone, and so will I."
Franken spent much of his roughly fifteen minute speech thanking his wife Franni, his supporters, volunteers, campaign staff, and the people of the state he will soon represent.
"This was a historically close race. But it wouldn't have been if it weren't for Franni - I would have lost by kind of a lot," Franken said.
"No matter how difficult the challenges we face, I still believe there's no challenge America can't overcome," Franken said. "But I also believe that no politician can solve problems like these alone."
That was followed immediately with some of his trademark humor.
"I wish I could take you all to Washington with me to fight alongside me," Franken began. "But we cost it out - and it's just too much. So I need you to keep working here in Minnesota."
"When you win an election by this close a margin, you know that not any effort goes to waste," Franken said. "Thanks all of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
He concluded his remarks by telling supporters to continue holding their leaders accountable –"myself included," he added.