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. Cam

    Coleman was up by 725 on election day. Then they recounted 5 times and magically found 1000 votes for Franken and now he leads by 225. Statistically speaking that is the equivalent of winning the lottery two weeks in a row. Sure you will find a vote here and there that was wrongly counted. 1000? Sorry not doable.

    Congrats Dems. You have taken us to 3rd wold status of fraud.

    January 4, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. too funny

    Coleman wanted him to bow out on election night, well bye Coleman, maybe even jail, watch out for the soap trick

    January 4, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. COL John W. Harden, Jr.

    President George Bush is a great American!! I served under him (as my Commander-in-Chief) during Operation Enduring Freedom, and I have great respect for him. The vast majority of soldiers in the combat theater held him in high esteem.

    I am so sick of hearing the wild-eyed (and leftist) politicians criticize him. Harry Reed, Nancy Pelosi, Jane Fonda, and the rest of the traitors would have been shot in the past!! May they burn in hell.

    We just elected an individual who has ZERO experiernce in national security, and an individual who has ZERO legislative accomplish-
    ments as the new Commander-in-Chief. Not a single thing on his Marxist agenda will eve get through the Congress. The Republicans will block it all!!

    He was elected by those looking for a handout. This will be one of the absolute worst administrations in history.

    January 4, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Little Hawk

    I love it when Republicans are P.O. It's music to my liberal ears.

    January 4, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Ken

    The state certifies the elections. It's what happened in the other 49 states. End of Story.

    January 4, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. Shaun Landry

    another corrupt democrat? You know six months ago people were screaming that Al Franken had "No discernible political prowess" Now, he has "Amazing Theft Stealing Election Abilities" to quote the show he wrote and starred on: What is he: "A floor wax or a dessert topping?"

    January 4, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. getaclueLarry

    Are you really that stupid? The only attempt at disenfranchising going on here has been Coleman's last ditch attempt to cherrypick rejected absentee ballots from Red areas to add to his total. Think before you type.

    January 4, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. km

    keep on whining,you right wing clowns....one bitter,painful loss after another! republican apoplexy is just so...so...ENTERTAINING!!! hehe

    January 4, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. Kelly

    Hilarious. When they're ahead, it's all about "just admitting it's over." Once it actually is over and they're behind, they cherry pick illegal ballots and then rant and rave. The article fails to mention that they don't actually have any real legal challenges here. The complaints have been heard and found without merit.

    January 4, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. Debby

    I can't believe Franken even came close. Boy some of the elected officials this year are a joke.

    January 4, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. Kelly

    Mike, how do you steal an election by getting more votes? Stop pouting.

    January 4, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. Vinny Connecticut

    Wow! Minnesota either has the most corrupt election officials (Ritchie is a HUGE supporter of Franken) or the dumbest voters ever in US history! How anyone could EVER vote for someone like Franken is unbelievable; he is one of the most unqualified, most despicable, most foul mouthed, most idiotic person in the US. Could the Senate, which says it won't seat Obama's replacement, really welcome Franken into their fold? Shame on you, Minnesota- SHAME!!!

    January 4, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. John

    Hooray for Al!

    January 4, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. franc

    God bless Al Franken and have a good trip to Washington DC.

    January 4, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. Mark Borok

    Wow. People actually believe that stealing an election is as easy as getting a fake driver's license. People seem to think you can make as many counterfeit ballots as you want, and there is no way anyone can stop you.

    People also seem to think that a razor-thin, statistically meaningless margin of victory says something about what the people of Minnesota really want.

    People worry me.

    January 4, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. Jenny C.

    You democRATs really don't know what you got yourselves into.

    This is the Jimmy Carter era, but worse coming our way. You're going to lose badly in 2010 and 2012.

    Franken, Reid, Schumer, Pelosi, Frank, Dodd, Obama, etc. All the clowns that will take this country down.

    Get prepared to say President Palin in 2012.

    January 4, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. johnny5bears

    Hey Jennifer, wrong. Florida was proven stolen by Bush.

    January 4, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. Willy Brown

    Minnesota just took a dump on it's own state.

    January 4, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. Mary

    The only reason this was close was because we had a strong Independant candidate. If there would have been a runoff, the vast majority of his votes would have gone to Franken. Bye bye, Slick!

    January 4, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. bopper

    Norm Coleman is a carpet bagging phoney. He was a democrat, now a republican, just wait...He'll be running for his home state's (NY) recently vacated senate seat. Time for some new blood. Many Minnesotans are glad to see him go. Next: Michelle Bachmann!

    January 4, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  21. Mason

    Oh yeah, Al is a horrible man. Give me a break. Congrats MN, you guys have done a great thing. Sorry Repubs...lost another one.

    January 4, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. fideauxdon

    "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."

    ...and imagine all the legally-cast ballots for Al Gore in 2000 the the GOP court-appointed lackeys wouldn't let the Officials count!

    It depends on whose ox is being gored, I guess.

    January 4, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. Patrick Stitt

    PLEASE STOP SLAMMING MINNESOTA! It's not our fault; we didn't vote for him he cheated! How amazing that Al Franken was behind in every single poll and then lost the election and then kept counting until until he won. Please stop getting mad at Minnesota, we picked the right guy but celebrities have no dignity and cry until they get their way. WE GOT SCREWED!

    January 4, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Maggie SC

    This is such a pot of crock that someone like this Frankken will win. the ones counting the votes come from the same crooked croud of democrats always whinning and complaing. The comment made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about President Bush just goes to show that he is so crooked he things everyone good is too becasue he does not know good when he sees it. I all totally ashamed to even see his face on CNN.

    January 4, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. jonathan


    Now REAL politicians can do some work finally for the first time in eight years, practically.

    January 4, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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