January 5th, 2009
05:25 PM ET
14 years ago

Franken claims victory in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) - Democrat Al Franken declared victory in the hotly-contested Minnesota Senate race Monday, calling the win "incredibly humbling."

Minnesota's canvassing board on Monday certified the results of the recount of Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's fight to retain his seat against Franken. The final results showed Franken with a 225-vote lead.

"I am proud to stand before you as the next senator from Minnesota," Franken told reporters Monday afternoon. "It's clear that we have a lot of important work to do ... I'm ready to go to Washington and get to work as soon as possible."

Coleman's attorney, Tony Trimble, said shortly after the ruling that the campaign plans to file suit.

Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan lashed out at the ruling.

"The efforts of Al Franken, Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer to steal this election and seat Al Franken despite not having an election certificate are unprecedented," Duncan said in a statement. "I am confident that if the law is followed, Norm Coleman will be taking his rightful seat in the U.S. Senate."

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  1. flyer

    Now that Franken is ahead HE is the one that wanted to stop counting.

    January 5, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. Fritz

    To Mike from Syracuse – I am with you that all votes should be counted. You must admit Coleman has been very hypocritical in this campaign. When he was ahead, Coleman wanted the process stopped. When he is behind Coleman wants the process continued. Coleman agreed to one set of rules (only count the improperly rejected ballots where improperly rejected was agreed by everybody) and then has brought up 650 more ballots from a Coleman leaning district which not all sides agree on them being improperly rejected. If anyone's vote is still improperly rejected, that should be rectified. Absolutely. I hope you were this up in arms about Florida 2000.

    January 5, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. BigDaddyTod

    The recount is done. The winner is known. The loser needs to tell the winner congrats and move on. A better man would do this. But we have a bitter man so this will go on for a while longer.

    January 5, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. Texas Teacher

    Congratulation, Al Franken.... now enough already! I suspect the Repubs will not give up, however. They are used to stealing elections... .and I am sure they did the best they could do that this time! 🙂 Just sayin'....

    January 5, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. flyer

    My mistake. You Libs don't want to know the truth.

    January 5, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. tom

    proud in minnesota here-the law was followed to the T. and now allwe have to do is get rid of pawlenty and replace him with a good for the people democrat. alot of happy people here in minnesota,you see rest of the country what you dont see is that there was a very strong third party candidate, and 90% of the people that voted for him would have voted for franken so really coleman got hammered in this election.....which he should have because he should be in jailwith most republicans that gave bush free reign to destroy this nation.

    January 5, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  7. Anna, ATL

    I am a registered Democrat, but this guy is a schmuck from the word GO.
    a MORON DEM leader doesnt do me any good.

    Minnesotans are on BRAIN FREEZE.

    There is no stealing. The candidates are not counting the votes.
    All of you are on BRAIN FREEZE.

    January 5, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  8. Brendan

    Wow flyer, nothing like using a credible news source!

    January 5, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. Cam

    Not another dirty liberal! Our moral values are decaying in this country. This guy is just going to accelerate that process. What have we come to?

    January 5, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. Me

    Truth? On Newsmax? LOL.

    My favorite Newsmax ad on dating: "Forbidden attraction secrets the liberal media does NOT want you to know."

    Hahaha. Liberals steal votes *and* thwart your plans for getting with the ladies. Such evil!

    January 5, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  11. Texas Teacher


    Ryan January 5th, 2009 7:33 pm ET

    I love how republicans want to count all the votes now. Is there no end to their hypocrisy. Al wanted to count all the votes and Coleman tried to BLOCK him. They mutually decided on a set of votes that were legitimate and rejected the others. Now the Coleman has lost he wants to try to count the remaining 650. I'm still waiting for Coleman to concede like he said he would had he been in Al's position on the night of the election.

    January 5, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  12. Suze

    Even if more ballots are counted, they won't be the cherry-picked set the Coleman folks want counted. And thus Coleman won't be able to overcome the Franken lead.

    January 5, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  13. daniel cabrera

    Obama, Blagojevich, and others around members of the CHICAGO CORRUPTED POLITICAL MACHINE , affiliated to the CROOKS AND THIEVES AT WALL STREET , and do not forget the 'cover-up club':- Pelosi, Reid, Cox, Dood, Soros, and other weeds.

    So this is another indication of how down to the bowels of hell we are going into.


    Oh!, my!,...what an adventure!

    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville, Indiana

    January 5, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  14. Dan

    Democrats are thieves. They want to rob elections to get into power.

    January 5, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  15. Brad S. in Knoxville, TN

    Newsmax is propaganda and has virtually no credibility FLYER! Stop with the propaganda Al Franken would justly!

    January 5, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  16. German,Irish American

    Brad Childress, Kevin McCale, now Al Franken, poor Minnesotans, it can't get any worse. Oh wait, President Barrack Hussein Obama in 15 days, YES IT CAN!

    January 5, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  17. Richard Larson

    Isn't it a shame, the ends politicians will go to to gain power? Frankin has obviously won under vote counts by a board agreed to in court by both parties and their candidates. Now that those votes show an incumbent losing, they, the GOP, are raising Hell about an improper count. The court appointed board has certified Frankin as the winner. The Secretary of State will certainly sign the warrant, but obviously, the Governor has received his orders from GOP HQ'S and he won't sign. What's to go to court about? The court, unless the GOP pulls strings and gets a sympathetic judge, won't overturn the certified count of it's own board.

    January 5, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  18. Stop the Hate

    Time for all good folks to stop rising to the O'Reilly, Hannity, Rove bait - this country is as divided as it was during the Civil War: families have been torn asunder, friends have parted, and there's no longer the social mixing there once was between the two sets. At least in the south...

    And the Conservative talk show hosts get richer by the minute, churning out books, spewing out hate....as our country suffers from lack of focus on what really ails...

    Palin has an illegitimate grandchild, whose paternal grandmother was just arrested for drug dealing; Cheney's got a lesbian daughter, married to a woman she has a baby with. Now, come on - what would O'Reilly be saying if these facts belonged to the Dems? And the Dems wouldn't mind a bit, were it not for the hypocrisy...

    Now, that the liberals have finally learned to fight back, the GOP is apoplectic.

    Let's get back to each having a turn, and having a little respect for each other, please. Otherwise, we're no better than the warring factions in Iraq. Why not take a deep breath and accept the other side for a change?

    January 5, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  19. @German-Irish Dummy (American)

    Been drinking too much beer, eh?

    Dick Cheney
    Bill O'Reilly
    George Bush Sr.
    George W. Bush
    Michelle Bachmann

    Those are idiots, dude. Obama=Change

    Say it with me now, YES WE CAN.

    January 6, 2009 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  20. Cynthia

    I am a proud Minnesotan, but the news of Franken, "being called the winner" is very disheartening. It is a sad day here in Minnesota. I can't wait for this to continue as it should given this was not done to ensure all votes were counted. They only wanted to make sure all frankenstein votes were counted!

    January 6, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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