January 4th, 2009
05:03 PM ET
14 years ago

MN board to certify Franken's win in tight senate race

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/04/art.mnrecount0104.gi.jpg caption="CNN has learned that a state board in Minnesota overseeing a recount in the razor-thin Senate race will declare Democrat Al Franken the winner Monday."]
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) - A state election board on Monday will announce Democrat Al Franken as the winner of the Minnesota Senate race, defeating Republican incumbant Norm Coleman, state officials told CNN Sunday.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie told CNN the canvassing board on Monday will confirm that Franken won the race by a 225-vote margin.

Deputy Secretary of State Jim Gelbmann oversaw the tallying of roughly 950 improperly rejected absentee ballots Saturday, which was the last remaining hurdle in the canvassing board's procedure. He said no outstanding challenges remain and that the only thing left for the board to do Monday is certify the numbers. Their meeting will convene at 2:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. ET).

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  1. Godluvr

    Please muzzle Coleman and his henchmen before declaring Franken winner. Let it be. Let it be.

    January 4, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Ted

    @ BB:
    Nothing sucks as badly as Florida.
    Period. That being said, this was certainly a nailbiter. Dems and Reps have to agree that it'll be an entertaining term.

    January 4, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. lakes

    wait a minute...here's some more votes for Al in my trunk....!

    January 4, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Over and Over again!!!

    The Coleman campaign has also alleged that more than 100 ballots may have been accidentally counted twice and may have unfairly benefited Franken.Should've,Would've Cloud've Please move on

    January 4, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. ...

    No Hillary = No Obama January 4th, 2009 5:46 pm ET:

    Don't you feel a little silly using that screen name given the results of the election?

    January 4, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. Michele

    That is a pretty overarching statement considering I am quite sure that Harry was not here to witness all the Presidents. And really what is the point to the criticism? Does it make Harry feel like a superior human being. Must be.

    January 4, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. Mike

    So it is totally indefensible when there is any appearance that the Republicans stole an election but absolutely acceptable when the Democrats steal one?
    Coleman was declared the winner of this election THREE times people and only when the (Democrat) Secretary of State go involved did Franken seem to eek out a victory.
    This stinks about as much as the Lutefisk that is sold in this hell hole of a state. What a pathetic government we have here in Minnesota. It amazes me the morons that live here actually had the cojones to elect a Republican Governor. We'll see how long those idiots take to boot him from office and turn our state into the socialistic welfare heaven they want it to be.

    January 4, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. DEADHEAD FOR AL!!!!!!!!!!

    Nice work brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 4, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Ryan

    Just goes to show you . . . Corruption, deceit, and election theft works! Heck, it did for Obama.

    Mark my words: Over the next 4 years, the left is going to reap every last bit of discord, hatred, anger and idiocy it has sown.

    January 4, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  10. Ken

    So we can add Minnesota to the number of states where democrat fraud have produced the desired results. Amazing all those "found" ballots that were for Franken.

    Recount until we win, that's the dems motto!!

    Congratulations dems, you have turned us into Venezuela. Be proud.

    January 4, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. grant

    "The dems are coming and they're out for everybody's money."

    You must of had your head stuffed up your backside for the last few months. the republicans have already stolen everybody's money.

    January 4, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. Susan Rippke

    This has been an interesting story. A midwest native who is now lives on the west coast. I had gotten interested in Al Franken as a politcal figure about a year ago and found it fascinating to continue to follow his senate race. Don't know anything about his opponent. Just wanted to let CNN know that they have been the quickest way to do this.

    January 4, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. Patrick

    Minnesota just embarresed itself.

    January 4, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Andrew in MN

    First, Cullen Sheehan, Coleman's spokesperson is lying in the story with this: "The effort by the Franken campaign, supported by the Secretary of State, to exclude improperly rejected absentee ballots is indefensible and disenfranchises hundreds of Minnesota voters." The fact is, the Franken campaign wanted to count ALL improperly rejected ballots – no questions asked. The Coleman campaign refused that offer AND they wanted to add in 600 or so cherry-picked absentee ballots from favorable precincts that had been properly rejected. I wish reporters would fact check and call spokespeople out when they say crap like this.

    January 4, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. frankie

    another lunatic "democrat" stealing an election!

    america you voted for a character in a movie.....
    you get Obama = a fake
    he won't do crap.....he doesn't know how

    and we Harry Reid ( the war is lost guy) you get what you deserve....clowns

    but that is all you understand...so I'm sure you will like the show

    January 4, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. yvonne

    Man, some Gop ers don't like it when they lose,look at the states they won,Almost all post slave states,the more people shift around they states the bluer they will get. They tried to crucify Obama in Pa, that was stupid! I was cracking up when they came here to rally people, I knew it was a waste of time, Even the Alabama part of Pa went for Obama.

    January 4, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. JV

    Who would have thought that as far as electing U.S. Senators, that Minnesota would be the stupidest state in the Union.

    January 4, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. Larry

    Another corrupt democrat. Great. Amazing how they found just enough votes to win. Enjoy what you elected MN losers!

    January 4, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. Alex

    He didn't steal this election. Democrats always get more votes in recounts because poor cities have bad machines that don't count the votes right all the time, but that people looking at the ballots can see.

    January 4, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. Bill Charlotte,NC

    "Democrat fraud?" Remember FLORIDA – FLORIDA – FLORIDA ?

    Nice to win one by a recount.... Welcome Al!

    Let the lawsuits and whinning begin.

    January 4, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. yvonne

    I'd rather have someone in the senate who has some humor,most of them mean looking,Can't wait to watch C-Span when they get back to work .I used to laugh my butt off watching the senate and house debate on things.

    January 4, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. Will18E

    The GOP are a bunch of hypocrites.
    This whole mess started because Coleman did not want up to 15K absentee votes counted, because, they were not delivered to each polling stations before they closed statewide closes.

    It was never an issue of questionable ballots, it was a failure by State employees to correctly prepare and execute their duties.
    The fact that not a single state employee that works full time for the board of elections has been fired is the real issue here.

    Al Franken was the one candidate who wanted all votes counted regardless of outcome. It was Coleman who wanted your voted suppressed, as long as he was ahead.

    I will pleased to see U.S. Senator Al Franken bring both fare play and ethics to the congress.

    January 4, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. Rick Sutter

    Just like the governor's race in WA state 4 years ago; dems keep counting until they win.

    January 4, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  24. arc, Lugano CH

    The film/documentary ‘Uncounted’ offers a good perspective for anyone who is questioning the outcomes of American elections since 2004.

    January 4, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. SMR


    January 4, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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