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. flybyshoeing

    Well tomorrow will be an interesting news day. Maybe we will all get to see Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Joe Scarborough heads explode on live TV.

    January 4, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Texas Teacher, YOU need to read up on history. For the billionth time, the 2000 FL recount WAS finished by a group of liberal newspapaers following the standard advocated by the Gore campaign. Bush still won. Stop spewing your twisted view of history. Get over it already. You can google this and actually learn something if you have the basic intelligence to do so. I hope to God you're not really a teacher. If you are Texas acedemic standards must rival that of Haiti. It figures you'd belong to a union. They had a place once, in 1900 when there were no labor laws. Today they are as obsolete as your tired liberal rhetoric.

    January 4, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. Jim in Fllorida

    Now, we are witnessing the stealing of a Senate election by the Dems in Minnesota, the selling of a Senate seat by a Dem Governor in Illinois, Richardson withdrawing from the Obama cabinet under a cloud of scandal.....

    Change we can believe in...

    On yeah.

    Goodness, stealing a Senate elction for a complete moron like Al Franken.

    I'll never again vote for a Democrat.

    January 4, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. Cheryl from MN

    Well I can see from all the comments here, that most must be Republicans, and they probably do not live in the state of Minnesota, so they have no clue as to what we have endured under Coleman, so hush! I have met Al Coleman, he is a down to earth, caring person. Our country has been put through the ringer under the rule of the Republicans and a Republican President. Now is the time for our country to get back on track and heal, economically and rebuild our standing around the world. Smart Americans will not vote for the "brain dead, ditsy" Palin in 2012 or another "same old same old" Bush or any other rich loving, lobbist loving, radical right Republican. With our schools in decay though, who knows if we will have any bright intelligent youth to make an educated vote in 2012.

    January 4, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. Mike

    Does it matter if there are 100, 200 more votes for either side? How many percentage points is that? 0,1%? 0,01%? Who ever will sit in senate after the dust has cleared can't claim a good mandate with such a narrow margin.

    These narrow margins make it easy to manipulate elections. If someone would say "The GOP won California 60 to 40" everybody would say "They cheated!". But if they win by 0,5% nobody can be sure (even so common sense would say it can't be).

    This MN election may fall in this category. My guess is the GOP cheated and the Dems called their bluff. Could be the other way around, who nows. As i said, with margins like this... We should stop recounting to find that one "swing vote" and instead start revoting (run-offs) until there is a clear mandate (let's say a 5-10% spread).

    January 4, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. joe

    I guess we should not count the other 650 absenttee votes that were found that could favor Colemen. Oh, thats right we should only count the Democratic votes.

    The people of Minn are now officialy the laughstock of American. Senator Franken of SNL ___WOW what a joke

    January 4, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. Mwalimu Daudi

    When it comes to stealing elections Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe ain't got nuthin' on Minnesota and Mark Ritchie .

    No wonder Reid thinks he can keep a black man out of the Senate.

    January 4, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. Cheryl from MN

    Liz in DC, you are right, absolutely right about the re-count, but the idiot Republican supporters here either don't know that, or ignore that fact. And for those that say there are alot of liberals here.....wrong! I am an independent and will not vote liberal, democrat or republican, I vote for the candidate I feel will do the best job for the country I love and live in. So please, stop calling people you disagree with "liberals" because that is false!

    January 4, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. Cheryl from MN

    Why do you dumb Republicans call people "liberals" when they do not agree with you?

    January 4, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. carment

    For all the repubs whining that Al Franken isn't qualified to be a senator, contrast these two academic records -

    Al Franken, graduated from Harvard cum laude, and becomes a Senator.

    George Bush, graduates from Yale with a C, and becomes president.

    Doesn't take much to figure out which one was way more unqualified.

    January 4, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. Eric

    I guess this means that he's good enough, he's smart enough, and doggonit, people like him!

    January 4, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  12. Independent4good

    How any people here can be proud of any particular party is beyond me. The repubs squandered the countries trust and they deserve their comeuppances. The libs here gloating are pathetic too. Look at Reid and Pelosi and their congressional recent approval rating and weep. The dems are just as disgusting and their days are numbered as they always are.

    Those here calling this colonel a warmonger should be booted off of here, SHAME ON YOU!

    Coleman was a loser, and Franken is a pathetic unfuuny joke, just like the Minnesotans who voted for his unfunny rear end.

    It's all grotesque....

    January 4, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. Dan

    This guy Al Franken is a moron. I hope the supreme court will throw him out.

    January 4, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. Rick

    Just like the Democrates to break the laws which they helped write. Thought MN had a law that a person couldnt be certified till all cases ran their course, but I forget the Dems are in charge now and they dont have rules they need to follow, its just us honest people.

    January 4, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  15. Kelly

    COL John W. Harden, Jr.

    Experience in JROTC doesn't count as serving.

    January 4, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  16. DC

    Be proud Minnesota...you have set the standard for the rest of America to follow with your clown senator. We wish we were you.

    January 4, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. John

    Come on republicans, you lost get over it!

    January 4, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. dems be dopes

    I still think we should import and use election officials from Zimbabwe, they, like the Democrats can't be bought.

    January 4, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. MrManhattan

    He's good enough,

    He's smart enough,

    And doggonnit' the people voted for him

    January 4, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  20. Rick

    Now Franken doesn't want to count all the votes. He's a joke.

    January 4, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. John

    Mike, Syracuse NY,

    You quit trying to rewrite history, the republicans and bush stole the 2000 election and no amount of GOP media induced lies will change that.

    It was a sad time in America to see an election stolen and then to have a republican Supreme Court side with the republicans – that was not democracy!

    January 4, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. arias

    Mike from Syracuse,

    Wrong! How can YOU consider yourself educated with such a flimsy understanding of history? Bush V Gore is very clear, that the SCOTUS overturned the Florida Supreme court's verdict, claiming the Florida justices had misinterpreted legislation written by Florida legislators. In doing so, they stopped the recount in which Bush was ahead a mere 500+ votes. Even Patrick Buchanon admitted that due to the horrible butterfly ballots (courtesy of Bush's younger brother Jeb) that many voters had mistakenly voted for him instead of Gore. This was patently clear as these votes for Buchanon came out of the most liberal precincts of Florida. YOU need to accept that the 2000 election was decided by 5 corrupt supreme court justices and NOT the American people. GET OVER YOURSELF!

    January 4, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  23. shpilk

    Franken will make a great Senator.

    Wait until 2010, when Republicans lose even more seats in the Senate and House.

    The Republican Party is the walking dead. Gone. Done. Kaput. Fini.

    Oh, the South and the Plains States will have some bitter ignorant people, who insist on clinging to their guns and their religion [Obama spoke the unvarnished truth], but this nation is finally headed towards a better future, slowly but surely.

    Thank God for that.

    January 4, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  24. Patsy Madison, TN

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. It has been a hard win, but the truth will come if it is done fairly. I wish that Gore had had the same opportunity in 2000. Is so, our world would be a different place.

    January 4, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  25. earle,florida

    Great job Minnesotan's, the system works! Maybe, Al can bring a little common sense ,and humor to these empty suits?

    January 4, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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