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. Walt

    As you can see, the voters have gotten smart and wised up to what the GOP has been doing. With such good, God-fearing people like Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly and other radicals spewing their hatreds and GW Bush and D Cheney leading the charge into oblivion, it is time the GOP was put to rest. RIP>

    January 4, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. Texas Teacher

    Ken January 4th, 2009 6:05 pm ET

    "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"

    SERIOUSLY, Ken, you can say that after Florida and Ohio in 2004? You need to reread YOUR history! That is the Republican mantra "if you can't win honestly, then win anyway you can!" Republican Gov., Republican Supreme Court? You mean you don't recall? 🙁

    January 4, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. lc

    I think Alaska takes the cake for re-electing an 'actual' crook. He's not a career politician so maybe he'll do some good for MN.

    January 4, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. I never took the Senate that seriously

    but now I think they should feature it on Comedy central

    January 4, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. Robert S.

    I think the right man won. He's good enough, he's smart enough, and gosh darnit, he likes himself.

    January 4, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. Shaun Landry

    If anyone really cares what someone who does comedy thinks of this...all I have to say is this: WOO HOO! ONE OF US IS IN!! Oh the joy in thinking that Franken could Filibuster anytime he wants, and he hung around Andy Kaufmann? I'm in HEAVEN. It's "The Franken Decade". This nomination just made me want to watch C-Span more! It's going to be must see television right behind Stewart and Colbert!

    January 4, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. Fredi

    If you look at the original of many of the "challenged" ballots, it becomes painfully clear that neither side is really interested in counting the votes – but only in winning.
    I would say over 95% of the challenged ballots were frivolous challenges where the "intent of the voter" was absolutely clear. Take a look at http://senaterecount.startribune.com/
    Wouldn't it be nice to have a few politicians who actually care about the "will of the voter" more than about their own ambition! What does it feel like to vote for a candidate you are actually trusting and not just the lesser of two evils / weasels?

    January 4, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Hark

    Just like Washington States 2004 governors race..... the "honorable" democratic party kept finding votes until they conjured up enough of them. It looks like the U.S Senate really will be a joke...and a bad one at that. What the hell were the people of Minnesota thinking to even allow this to happen??? Beautiful state, ignorant voters!

    January 4, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. El Perro Patron

    Funny how the Repukes called us sore losers when we showed how Bush stole Florida with the help of Katherine Harris and his corrupt brother Jeb, and now they rant and rave like the crybabies they are with conspiracy theories of Franken's "cheating" while offering no evidence whatsoever.

    January 4, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  10. Cheryl from MN

    Coleman is a crook! Go Al Franken! I voted for you!

    January 4, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Congratulations to newly elected Democratic Senator of Minnesota Al Franken!

    Whatever happened to the corruption charges & criminal investigation against Norm Coleman?

    He would join a very long list of corrupt Republicans such as Richard Nixon, Warren G. Harding, George W. Bush, North Dakota Republicans, Tom Delay, Andrew Johnson, Oliver North etc.

    January 4, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    I am absolutely disgusted with some of the comments on Frankin's win! It seems that most of these negative commenter's have not
    been living in the real world. If anyone should be accused of
    trying to steal the election........................ IT IS WITHOUT A DOUBT
    NORM COLEMAN, he has tried sooooooooo many times to
    overturn the recount it is now past the point of being funny, and

    January 4, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. Hark

    To Shaun Landry.... Really stupid analogy. And they let people like you vote? Pitifully sad!

    January 4, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Xavier

    Another Republican bites the dust. How these people can still show there faces after what they have done to our country is beyond me. They all need to be taken out with yesterdays garbage.

    January 4, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Xavier

    Perverts? Wasnt it a republican senator that was looking for gay sex an an airport restroom? Did the GOP kicked him out? What? They didnt. He is still in office! Some moral majority the GOP turned out to be.

    January 4, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  16. casper

    i'm glad this recount is over, lets hope the best man won.

    January 4, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. Texas Teacher

    Vinny Connecticut, et al..... Minnesota has a Republican Governor! Republican Supreme court.... please tell me that you don't believe that Franken could win this election if there was any way possible that the Repugs could have stopped him? 🙂

    January 4, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. Dell

    Just give Minnesota to Canada. MN citizens have proved to us through time that they are incapable of electing qualified leaders.

    January 4, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. Mark, MO

    COL John W. Harden, Jr. if you are the typical type of person leading our troops then I wish our troops all Gods Help they can get because they will DEFINITELY be needing it to stay alive with morons like you running things. Your blinders are completely covering your eyes now.

    BTW, Coleman will probably be going to jail sometime this year after the investigations surrounding him are finished. Coleman makes Blagoyavich (sp) look like a school girl when it comes to corruption.

    January 4, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. Cheryl from MN

    JV, James and the rest of you. You've probablouy never met the man and have no right to judge him. You may call him vulgar because of the previous profession he was in, a comedian. But as a person, off the stage, he is a fine respectable man. So how you judge. You have probably been vulgar sometime in your life, but you weren't paid to do it. It is the right thing to count ALL ballots, not disgard any including absentee ballots. Coleman is a liar and a cheat and made money from very wealthy lobbists. So run down the politicians in your own states, you have better knowledge of their track record.

    January 4, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. Liz in DC

    To all of the Al Franken Haters: Franken did not request the recount–it was automatic by state law. Elections tend to undercount votes in poor areas due to less $$ to ensure good equipment, procedures, etc., which is why the recount favored Franken.

    Statistically speaking, the swing is only 500+ votes, or 0.008% out of many, many votes, so it is not unreasonable that a recount would favor EITHER candidate by a few hundred votes. This says that MN is doing a relatively good job holding elections (and, isn't the governor, Tim Pawlenty, a Republican–are you accusing him of favoring Franken?).

    People, let's not forget, you win some, you lose some. Let it be. Let us congratulate Mr. Franken and wish him much success in meeting the needs of the people of Minnesota.

    January 4, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. El Perro Patron

    What will Smarm Coleman do for a living once he is released on parole? I predict that he will either sell used cars or shill for late night infomercials.

    January 4, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. Keith Bonney

    To all who are praying for the new administration to fail I say to you what i said to those who wished for the bush administration to fail "grow up!!"

    The fact is bush had eight year's to work his magic he had a majority in the senate till 2006, he had a 90% approval rating after 9\11 this country gave him and the republicans there good graces, but he squandered it all away.

    I did not vote for bush in 2000 or 2004 but I never hoped he would fail or that he would spend eight years ignoring an impending financial credit and loan crisis which he claims was caused 10 years ago well he had eight long years to say "Gee look what those idiot Clinton's did, well better get to fixing that" The point being let these characters screw up first before you start screaming the Apocalypse is coming. One more time Grow Up!! Sad part is I bet most of you think you already have

    January 4, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |

    Coleman wanted Franken to concede on election night when it just appeared he was going to win.

    Now the Franken has been certified the winner, Coleman will not concede?

    Another example of repub hypocrisy

    January 4, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. Hark

    Col Harden ....Reading the reactions by the "Libs" to your comments reaffirms my belief that there are alot of idiots with voting power in our country. Thankyou for your service and your comments. What ever happened to.."ask what you can do for your country."? I think we are seeing alot of "what can your country do for you." citizens in this world of ours.

    January 4, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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