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. GuyInVA

    I've said it before, the evil Joseph Stalin was right about one thing: Who casts the votes is irrelevant. It's who COUNTS the votes that matters. People (conservatives and liberals), do any of you still believe the government (at the national level) still belongs to you? Give it up. This government belongs to those corporations and people willing and able to purchase it. Until the people decide to stand up and be heard for reasons other than saving whales, free trade, and throwing blood on people wearing fur, the government will never be ours again.

    January 4, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Proud American

    Minnescrotums = Your so stupid you wouldn't know what real leadership was if you trip over it in the streets. Do you want to talk about your Governor? Please don't be an Idiot your entire life.

    January 4, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. deslock

    What is the source is for this thread's accusations that votes were manufactured or the election was stolen? From what I've read, the recount went smoothly. There was a missing 1-of-5 envelope and a question about some missing duplicate ballets, but in both cases rational actions/decisions were made. There was (and still is) some roll-your-eyes legal maneuvering, but the courts responded reasonably.

    Furthermore, the recount wasn't requested by anyone (it was initiated and was state-wide as per election laws) and was very open and broadcast live throughout. There wasn't a circus-like atmosphere like there was in Florida in 2000 (congressional aids being flown in to create a protest/mob environment was shameful).

    So unless there's some bombshell of corruption on the way, it seems that MN deserves kudos for how things were conducted.

    On a side note, hopefully Franken will acknowledge that he won by an insignificant margin and will do his best to represent everyone by being a centrist (he's a little too partisan for my taste, though I do think he's smart and reasonable enough to be an effective senator).

    January 4, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. Proud American

    COL John W. Harden, Jr. = Your Brain Dead, Good Lord your stupid.

    January 4, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. Go Obama!!!!

    I am and always have been a democrat. I can't stand Bush and am as excited as anyone about Obama! I have lived in California my whole life and am proud of the social strides and democratic senate leadership that we are famous for (except for Arnie).. I do not think that Al Franken is cheating his way to the win in this election but that being said... I am ASHAMED to have him represent in any way the democratic party that I love so much.. He has shown himself as verbally vulgar, shamefully pompus, lacking even the most basic knowledge of the history of the democratic party and is the type of democrat that will end up costing us votes in the future. His campaign was run terribly and every time he spoke, it was just like his radio show rather than like a true leader (like Obama, Hillary, Pelosi). His politics will drive a stake between Americans rather than unite us under one strong democratic leader like the three mentioned above. I cannot believe that just because he is a democrat that you think that he deserves our support...

    January 4, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. Shaun Landry

    Minnesota took a dump on its state before. He was called Jesse Ventura. And Republicans embraced him. Well, as best as they could as I'm sure it was hard to get their arms around that steroid riddled body.

    Palin has about as much of a chance being president as Rush Limbaugh does. That is unless she distinctly disowns her entire soon to be in-laws. Let's see: A guy who hung out with John Belushi or a woman whose "Possible In laws" got caught selling hard drugs. Really it all evens out.

    January 4, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Brownie

    Congratulations Minnesota! Now we have another clown in the Senate!
    As if Harry Ried isn't enough of a joke!!

    January 4, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. Yes We Did

    Ding, dong, the crook is gone! Celebrating today in Minnesota!!!

    January 4, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. bopper

    Proud American: Your nt goode with grammer are yuu? Who is the idiot?

    January 4, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. Rob

    THANK GOD! Congrats Al!!!

    January 4, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. JV

    Minnesota must be in very bad shape if their voters turned ignorant and elected trash like Franken a senator.

    January 4, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Zion

    Franken has a Juris Doctorate. Remember Republicans, our idiots aren't really idiots.

    January 4, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. james

    Franken is a vulgar stupid man and MN deserves him. He fits right in with the perverts!

    January 4, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Charlie in Maine

    Go Al! You are good enough, you are samart enough and doggonit more people voted for you. Declare victory fast before this thing gets to the Supreme Court. Just ask the world how well it goes when the supremes stop the counting.

    January 4, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    This is the payback for Florida 2000. Shut up and take your medicine, Republican Party.

    January 4, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Terry

    That finally settles it. Both the Democrats and Republicans are riddled with crooks and cheaters.

    January 4, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Who was Michael Connell?

    One more heel on the republican throat.Paybacks are good.

    January 4, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. Dwayne

    George worst-ever Bush learned how to get elected, count the votes on the United States Supreme Court, thier votes outweigh all votes counted together whether pro or con. Thanks to thier vote in 2000 America is in the condition it is in today, isn't it GREAT.

    January 4, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. Ken

    Awesome. Here's hoping the Democrats finally see a supermajority after the next election!

    January 4, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. Vincent L. King

    COL John W. Harden, Jr.

    YOU are exactly what is wrong with this country. WE are the ones to fix it. Take your hate and war-mongering swill and propaganda and shove it where the sun don't shine.

    January 4, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. Walt

    With no Supreme Court to turn to and have him declared a winner in spite of the people's wishes and votes as in Bush 2000, Coleman will have to put out the light!. He tried desperately to steal the election but the people have prevailed. Let the good times roll!

    January 4, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. Texas Teacher

    Hope this is the end of the Franken/Coleman debate.... Franken won, now can we drop it, Coleman?

    Oh, I forgot.... an individual calling him/herself IDIOT in response to something I said, belittled my Teacher's Union....

    ....may I make a gentle suggestion? Please look for the Upton Sinclair book, "The Jungle", if you want to know what it was like in this country BEFORE unions. It's an easy read... but a bit gory and depressing. Then if you can STILL belittle Unions, be my guest. Of course, don't forget that you called yourself Idiot...not me.:)

    We really need to know our history, idiot! *LOL* Sorry, I could not resist! The very idea of someone calling themselves "idiot" as they try to belittle someone else is very amusing to me!

    January 4, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. Proud American

    Bopper I think that would be you. If you send my your address I will send you a copy of Hooked on Phonics. Did your mother name you Bopper?

    January 4, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. Brian

    The people of Minnesota have spoken..... get over it GOP..... We know you all don't believe in democracy.... its too "liberal" for all you cons.

    January 4, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Texas Teacher, you really are hopelessly insane.

    January 4, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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