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. JIMV

    As I have posted on a score of forums since election day, Coleman should have simply conceded when he found he had only won by a thousand or so. As soon as the word 'recount' was uttered the end result was known. The dems would find, discover or create enough votes to 'win'. They will change what defines a legal vote, will go to court, deal with friendly judges and put the entire process in the hands of partisans. There is no part of the election process more corrupt and crooked.

    I know the result before the first vote is recounted, you do you...everyone does, so why waste everyone's time and money. All republican winners by a small margin should simply concede.

    The process is crooked. The dem always wins. Just concede.

    January 4, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. Retired Army in San Antonio

    So much hate and whining from the right.

    If that's the best you can do, it's no wonder we're in the state we're in........smh

    January 4, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. Wisest one of All

    democraps have stolen another election! Proven Fact!

    January 4, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    Send in the clown.

    January 4, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. Godluvr

    To bopper:

    Chastising someone else about grammar is oxymoronic coming from you. "nt," "goode", "grammer," "yuu." Please don't throw stones.

    "LIGHT of the world shine on us, LOVE is the answer." (James Taylor).

    Peace in.

    January 4, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. Patricia

    How nice to have someone truly funny in the senate. Given the state of the nation after 8 years of W, we all can use a laugh.

    January 4, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. Terry

    This whole situation is the fault of our state elected officials. It has been eight long, long, long years since the five Republican Party Hacks on the Supreme Court ordered a state court to stop counting votes in a close election. Most of the nation believes that the Republicans did not win the 2000 election. I certainly don't.

    The technology exists to record and verify the voter's intent in every election, but our state officials – including certainly the elected officials in my home Texas – but we have done little or nothing to prevent these close elections in which recounts result in half the electorate feeling cheated and the "victorious" candidate must serve under a cloud. Bush was in that situation until 2004, with half the country believing that his presidency was illegitimate as well as incompetent. After 2004, we had to accept W. Bush as legitimate even if he was clearly incompetent.

    Elections are important in a democracy. Too bad our states don't agree.

    January 4, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. Zoo2


    January 4, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. Penn Voter

    Senator Al Franken. Is that the straight line or punch line to this political joke?

    January 4, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. Don't tread on me

    Jesse Ventura, now Al Franken
    Could be Rocky the Flying Squirrel in MN's future

    January 4, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    What were Minessotans thinking giving the Great Paul Welstone's seat to Norm Coleman to beggin with?

    For you people who think Al Franken is a "comedian" who is "an extreme liberal", think again. He is Harvard educated and he actually is very center-left (like the Clintons, put aside the dislike you may have for Clinton and look at his actual politics). After all, he comes from a former Republican family who changed parties in the 1960's, after the Repubicans fought against the civil rights for African-Americans. Before you listen to the right wing barkers, do your research.

    January 4, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Edward Morris

    I don't know, but on all sides of the aisle, you people really need to pick up a copy of Warriner's Grammar, and maybe Strunk & White's The Elements of Style, before you write another sentence on that thar Interweb. I tried to read this comment thread and got a migraine. Thus proving that, thanks to American schools, the people will never get smarter than our leaders ever again. Keep proving me right.

    Edward Morris
    Portland, Oregon
    Bring It

    January 4, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  13. wanbligi

    Congratulations, Minnesota! Although I don't agree with your ancestors' land theft through abrogating Treaties, I wholeheartedly agree with your handling of recounted elections.

    And another thing, Minnesotans, you're one of worst states for fingering people (using the middle finger) to either express your IQ or exclaiming dissatisfaction with the other's driving abilities. I can't tell which.

    Anyway, the bottom line is I commend you for electing not only Al Franken but putting the recount under a microscope so all can see.


    January 4, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  14. Coralchristie

    This is just a Gregoire all over again. Acorn did its job. The Soros/Democrat bureaucrats did their jobs. This was bound to happen when votes are bought, fabricated and manufactured. It's just sick when the machine master used by Gregoire is brought in to make sure Franken is given the win. Not sour grapes...just reality!

    January 4, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. Cyrus Shick in Nashville, TN

    This is GREAT! Here is Senator number 59! I only wish GA would have elected 60 but hey! And to all those repubs who are crying foul at dems "Cheating elections again and again", name ONE election in the past dems have stolen. ONE!!!!!! Here is the repub list in the past few years:

    2000=GW in Florida
    2004=GW in Ohio

    January 4, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  16. Cyrus Shick in Nashville, TN

    Name ONE election dems have stolen. ONE!!!!!

    January 4, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  17. liberalingeorgia

    Jenny, you wrote....

    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.

    I say, "In your dreams".

    January 4, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  18. muffy

    Al Fraanken is a comedian, but a very brilliant man. He will be an excellent Senator. I remember the day he announced on Air America that he was going to run, I was very upset because he was so great on air, not only funny but very aware of what is going on in the country.

    MN has a lot to be happy about with Al.

    January 4, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  19. Jon

    Oh great. Another clown is headed to D.C.

    January 4, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. deslock

    > Mike, Syracuse NY January 4th, 2009 7:38 pm ET
    > 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.

    Several different studies were done by various media organizations and some showed Gore as having won while others showed Bush as having won (depending on the recount method).

    On a side note, most conclude that had the butterfly fiasco not happened, Gore would've won by a decent margin. Of course, that the butterfly design would be confusing/problematic for elderly people with poor vision, arthritis, etc was simply an oversight (nothing corrupt or intentional) and there was really nothing that could be done to fix this after the fact.

    Don't take my word for any of this; you can read all about it on various websites (though I suggest avoiding partisan blogs as they tend to tell half-truths... at the very least, follow links to cited sources and get the full stories).

    January 4, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  21. Charlie from Illinois

    Ever hear of the DAILY Machine from Chicago. They cheated and got Kennedy in by finding 10,000 votes. Al Franken is a joke, but not funny. But he fit in with the rest of the clowns in D.C. Did you know that Nancy Pelosi owns stock in the Pickens wind farm company.


    January 4, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. Bobby


    January 4, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  23. Who was Michael Connell?

    Way to go people of Minnesota.Yea Al.Lets see if Rush Limbaugh can pull the cigar from his own orfice without choking.

    January 4, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. An American

    I've read all the comments and frankly am disgusted by the vile hatred from liberals and conservatives alike. It makes me ill. Yes, the Dems and Repubs have different ideas, but they all want the best for this country. Stop the hate. Sheesh, you guys sound like a bunch of kids not getting their way on the swingset.

    I'm glad that Minnesota took the time to make sure every vote was counted. That is what is important in any election, but especially one so close. This is America. It is what democracy is all about.

    So Dems, stop your gloating. Repubs, stop your name calling. It's time that we band together to pull this country back up to the greatness we should be.

    January 4, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. Lisa Morrish

    The democrats take this country down? Never. How much further "down" could it go? And who did it? The republicans. Nixon – recession. Reagan – recession. The first Bush – recession. The 2nd Bush – Depression. When are we ever gonna learn?

    January 4, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
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