January 5th, 2009
05:25 PM ET
12 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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soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. Teddy City

    Let's quit recounting and give the man his just win. I'm for that !

    January 5, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Kim

    OMG, this is the election that never ends. Do we need to bring in the UN?

    I have an idea. Have a new election. My guess is that NEITHER of them will win after they've alienated all the voters with this endless bickering.

    January 5, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Charles L. Shaw, Liverpool, NY

    Just send your dollar, to me, Charles L. Shaw Liverpool NY, if i can get enough laughs and dollars, I too can be a national leader.....

    January 5, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. doesn't mean much... yet

    But I would pull a Burris (his name should be attached to this) and show up to the Senate

    January 5, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Mike

    Al Franken, a US Senator. His best joke to date.

    January 5, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Dave in NYC

    Congratulations Al, way to stick it out!

    January 5, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. Karl

    "Mommy! He took my seat! Mommy!" Wow, what a Republican joke of a man. Stop wasting the public's money. The country must solidify and move on to a better future. Both candidates agreed to the process. The process fanned out and Franklin won. Point. Blank. Period!

    January 5, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. Will-South Dakota

    So back to American problems that affect the jobless, homeless, so he won and lets move on now, America is bleeding from 8 years of GOP schemes.

    January 5, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. leapfrog

    Whatever happened to the days when people conceded defeat? Poor sportsmanship and overwhelming lust for power I guess...

    January 5, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Tim

    The Burris and the Franken rings are now open for your viewing enjoyment. We are busy deciding on which of the other acts we will place front and center in ring number 3.

    January 5, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Sharon

    Time for Franken to take Office and stop the Bickering. We have a State that deserves to be represented, especially now in this Economic Crisis. Franken cares about the People he represents.

    January 5, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA

    Good for Al, he did not let Coleman steal his seat. You just cant be nice with Republican politicians, you know what they say, "you give them an inch, they will take a mile."

    Not this time.

    January 5, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Troy

    Proof positive that the voters of Minnesota are a complete joke. Illinois voters are corrupt, New York voters don't mind a carpet-bagger...

    January 5, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. alvino

    Unlike the presidential election of 2000, in this case, the majority rules. Way to go Big Al! Give my regards to Cornyn.

    January 5, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. Terry

    I am very annoyed that my undistinguished Senator Cornyn can think of nothing to do, no problem to work on, and no issue to think about except telling the state and people of Minnesota and the courts who should be the Junior Senator from Minnesora.

    January 5, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Steve

    Al "Count Every Vote" Franken sure was opposed to disenfranchising the voters, at least the voters who were voting for him it appears. Let everyone have their say. Count the 650 ballots.

    January 5, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. kim, ca

    yea!!!! go al!!!

    January 5, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. TexAnnie *-*-*-*-*

    Think about this one, folks.... if this election had been called on election night, Coleman would have won. Only after the ballots had been re-counted and rejected ballots had been scrutinized a second time did Minnesota get a true count. Makes you wonder about those close elections a little bit, doesn't it????

    January 5, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Steve

    There's no way a runoff would have ever taken place in Minnesota. That wasn't an option because the Georgia runoff demonstrated that without Obama on the ballot, the Democrats do NOT benefit from his coattails.

    January 5, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Terry

    Hurry up and get there Mr. Franken. You will be joining the greatest collection of do-nothings and thieves (i.e.,Pork and Ear-Marks) that this planet has ever seen.

    January 5, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Hey Dems, what's wrong with counting ALL the votes? Isn't that what you always preach. There are over 600 rejected ballots that haven't been counted. I guess you count all the votes until you get ahead, then stop. Hey, what's that smelly thing stuck to the bottom of my shoe? Just another Democrat.

    January 5, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA

    You have to hand it to the Republican hypocrisy, it knows no ends. The Republicans were so up and arms about Gore wanting to sue that they had the Supreme Court appoint Bush, but when they lose, they love to sue...

    ..dont believe me? check it out with Norm Coleman, and a Republican governer of Washington (state) candidate a couple years ago, etc etc etc.

    I cant wait for Bill O'cry-me-a-river-lly to say: "Today President Barack Obama welcomed Minesotta Senator Al Franken to the White House...."


    January 5, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Ugh

    Minnesota, you deserve Al Franken. You can have him.

    January 5, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Jeff Brown

    You go Al! Good Luck!

    January 5, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Sarge in Florida

    I thought that the "IDIOTS" Republicans wanted to stop the count the other day? Now they want to file a lawsuit...Get over it already the PEOPLE said NO to another Republican. Can't they see that we "The People" are fed up with their LIES? Congress needs to get their arse to work and get this country out of the mess that Bush and Cheney created...And why are the banks not using the BILLIONS that "WE THE TAX PAYORS" gave them to ease the credit crunch? Oh I forgot the CEO got their big bonus's first..Maybe no more money to give to the PEOPLE. Why are the banks not being asked on what they are doing with the money...Oh once again I remember, Bush and Cheney are still in office.

    January 5, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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