December 24th, 2008
05:51 PM ET
14 years ago

Coleman camp loses key Minnesota Supreme Court decision

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Franken team said again Wednesday they expect him to come out on top when the Senate race recount ends."] (CNN) - The season just got a bit less jolly for Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman: in a Christmas Eve decision, the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously rejected a lawsuit calling for recount changes that would have erased Democratic challenger Al Franken’s narrow lead.

The Coleman campaign’s suit had asked the court to intervene because of what it says are double-counted absentee ballots that have been unfairly awarded to Al Franken. The incumbent’s lawyers asked the court to restore the original Election Night totals in roughly two dozen precincts, where recount gains had given Franken an overall edge.

The justices rejected that argument, agreeing with the Franken team that those allegations should be dealt with in legal proceedings after the recount was complete, and a winner certified by the state’s canvassing board.

Franken currently leads Coleman by 47 votes. In a ruling earlier Wednesday, the court extended the deadline for the completion of the Senate race recount to the first week in January.

soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Griff December 24th, 2008 4:25 pm ET

    Tonight, 24th of December. Barack Obams revealed..,… Really?????
    Liar!!!!! What do I do to make this word larger????? LIAR!!!!!!!!!

    Whasamatta Griff?

    You mad brah 🙁 ?

    December 24, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. Anna

    All people who voted with all cross marks, writings on ballot are idiots, they wasted hard working peoples tax money. I am sure those are lazy @$$es who dont work and pay taxes. living on social security

    December 24, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  3. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Not a "huge loss" December 24th, 2008 6:05 pm ET

    Although Coleman would have preferred to win this round . . . it's not a "huge loss." Coleman's ability to challenge isn't denied, just deferred.


    Yes......deferred until after a winner is declared.

    When I look at it, that's a 'HUGE' loss!

    December 24, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. Steve, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    The Minnesota Supreme Court is not as liberal as one might think. The majority of the justice's have been appointed by Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty.

    December 24, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  5. Robbie

    And the "Joke" will be on Minn for electing idiot Franken!

    December 24, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  6. Nathaniel

    To the nuts who think the decision was a sham, read up on the facts. There has been NO PROOF that votes were double counted. There are no precincts in the state where the number of votes is greater than the number of voters who sign in, no witnesses who clain they ran duplicate ballots AND the original through the voting machin, no witnesses who claim that both the original and duplicate ballot were hand recounted. Without any proof, Coleman is simply trying anything he can to muddy the true story - he lost a close race.

    December 24, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  7. Rick

    Libs have perfected the art of rigging an election. So long Democracy!

    December 24, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. Liberal and Proud of It

    Here is the heart of the problem, my fellow citizens. Even though we are 8 years past the Florida recount debacle, our leadership has still not figured out a way to count the votes during elections in our democracy.

    My bank knows exactly how much I have in my account. If there is an error, I can prove it to the bank or the bank can prove it to me.

    In elections, however, we cannot tell how every voter voted if we recount the votes. If there is an allegation of fraud or error, we cannot prove or disprove the allegation. This leads to both sides charging that the other is stealing the election. In the end, no one really knows who won. The loser will feel cheated instead of defeated. The winner will feel insecure in his victory.

    This is unacceptable.

    December 24, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. WillCnnPostThis?

    @ Matthew

    whine much?

    You repugs in 2008 sound like the dems in 2000, you lost get over it! Franken stole nothing, the recount was overseen by unbiased officials consisting of dems. repuglicans, and independents. Whining about it now makes you seem like a child.

    December 24, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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