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. Chris - Denver

    Having Franken in the senate should at least make viewing C-SPAN2 a little more lively!

    January 5, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. Sarge in Florida

    I forgot to mention that they are using one of the 7 deadly sins. "GREED".

    January 5, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. the idiot

    Congratulations to ACORN and the unions for their shining example of a fair election. Coleman kinda reminds me of Al Gore and his ilk (that dominate this board) in 2000. Hopefully Coleman will never let up no matter how long it takes, just like a democrat.

    January 5, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Bob in KY

    Great; just what we need; another comedian in politics.

    January 5, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Independant Vet

    WE ARE HEARING OF ANOTHER BUY OUT. ALSO MANY BALLOTS OF THE MILITARY , THEY DO NOT WANT TO COUNT.

    LOOKS AS IF THE DEMOCRATS CAN NOT FIND ANY OTHER WAY TO GET ELECTED , BUT BUY , AND LIE . THIS IS REALLY GOING TO LOOK GOOD TO OTHER COUNTRIES , WE BRAG ABOUT FREE ELECTIONS . NOW IT HAS BECOME A TOTAL BIG MESS. LIES UPON LIES WE HAVE HEARD FOR 2 YEARS PLUS. ? HOW LONG ARE WE GOING TO HEAR SUCH . BARRACK AN ALL HIS FOREIGN DOLLARS . AND ALL HIS LIES , THEN HE GOT THE HOLLWOOD STARS , REID AN PELOSI , AYERS , ACORN , AHMADINEJAD CONVINCED .

    THIS IS A SAD COMING YEARS FOR AMERICA, * RIGHT THEY ARE . CHANGE , WHO IS EVER GOING TO BELIVE IN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM , IT IS GOING CRUPT . MISSOURI HAS BEEN CORRUPT FOR YEARS, WITH THE DC MACHINE, NECK AND NECK WITH CHICAGO POLITICS.

    WRIGHT ?

    January 5, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Aaron from Ohio

    It's like having two kids in the back seat on a long trip. They're irritating and keep asking "are we there yet?". The trip drags on and on until you finally have to pull the car over and spank them both. The world is watching. They're laughing too. Is there any reason at all that we can't have a uniform procedure for all 50 states? Voting is too important a matter to have different rules in different states. This happens every time and we come out looking like a banana republic.

    January 5, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Republican

    Darth Vadik, CA: How about not painting all Republicans with the same brush in order to fit your agenda of calling them hypocrites? You omitted the fact that the the Republican gubernatorial candidate in WA state WON the initial count. Gregoire (the Democrat) wants a recount, and the Democrat WA state legislature gave it to her. The Republican (Rossi) WON that recount. Then Gregoire wants ANOTHER recount, and the Democrat legislature gives it to her again, and then she wins that recount. Rossi sues for a recount and he is denied.

    The Democrat candidate gets two recounts when she wanted them.

    The Republican candidate asks for 1 recount and is denied.

    The Democrat candidate won 1 out of 3 counts.

    The Republican candidate won 2 out of 3 counts.

    And the Democrat ends up being governor.

    MUCH different than Al Gore's case. And I, a Republican, believe that Al Gore had every right to a recount in such a close election. So don't be calling me a hypocrite if I say Rossi should have been WA governor. It's time for you put aside your partisan blinds and think intelligently.

    January 5, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Marc PDX

    Looks like the only way to get elected in Minnesota is to start your career out as a clown. Jesse Ventura, Al Franken, ...

    January 5, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. Denver Dem

    To all the republiklans in Minnesota. HAahahahahahahahahaha. May you never hold another senate seat in Minnesota. Go Al.

    January 5, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. Blue balloons

    Certified and Justified. Al Franken. Lets get to work.

    January 5, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. Tyler

    First Coleman goes to the Minn. Supreme Court to throw out the wrongfully rejected ballots. When he doesn't win he wants to add more?

    January 5, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Joe

    Hey Tim....the third ring will be Caroline Kennedy. She will complete the three ring circus that Democrats are so proud of.

    Hey Karl...who's Franklin? You don't even know the candidates name..as long as he hates conservatives...I'm sure you will be happy with him!! Enjoy it while it lasts.....in six months the country will despise liberals!!!!!

    January 5, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Dave

    This is truly an all-time low for American politics. Franken is unapologetically anti-american and is not fit to be an American lawmaker. The people of Minnesota who voted for Franken should have all further voting rights taken away; they truly are oblivious to the danger that smug, smart alecky liberals such as Franken pose to this country.

    January 5, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. Independant from NY

    The ignorance of comments made here is hilarious. To make this an issue of republican/democrat corruption is to shoot yourself in the foot. The arguments swing both ways people. In 2000 is was cry babies v. thieves and in 2008 the roles are reversed. Oh how selective memories can be.

    January 5, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  15. Nick, Rochester, NY

    The notion of a "Senator Franken" sounds downright comical! How many body blows can the body politic endure from the flippant Left and still survive.

    January 5, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. Granite

    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."

    These kinds of scorched-earth statements need to be drastically reigned-in on both sides of the political spectrum. There is not one shred of evidence that there was any wrongdoing during this recount, and immediately jumping to the "nuclear option" of claiming the election was stolen is unacceptable for either the DNC or RNC Chairman to presume. These types of thoughtless comments only serve to undermine the public's faith in our election process, and a party chairman who would cavalierly make such a statement should be censured by his own party.

    Not to mention the fact that in order to have "stolen" the election in the manner that Mike Duncan suggests, Franken's team would have needed the two Republicans on the recount committee to have broken the law just to get Franken elected. How plausible is that?

    January 5, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Charles Atlanta

    Congratulation!! At least Franken won by going through election. Burris is just taking advantage of situation created by corrupted governor (well.. Burris may be the highest bidder too.)

    January 5, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. kayla

    repubs. sore loosers.

    January 5, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. Alan

    The GOP needs to back off and let Franken in so the whole world can see what a bunch of Dumb Butts live in MN.

    This is a joke! ha ha

    January 5, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Crimea River

    Minnesota is one for two.
    Lost to the Eagles
    Won back the Wellstone seat.

    January 5, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. al

    ....is that popping sound that of Bill O'Reilly's head exploding?

    can't wait to see which one of the Repub senators jumps ships to give the Dems the 60 seat super-majority

    January 5, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. Karen - Missouri

    Is that all Republicans do...whine? Whatever happened to states' rights. Minnesota certified Franken so he should be seated. Now, Illinois has NOT certified Barris so he should not be seated. Two different situations totally.

    Republicans need to back off...we're really quite tired of hearing them whine.

    January 5, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. PDX Gal

    I seem to recall Mr. Coleman calling Mr. Franken a sore loser, or words to that effect, a few days after the election when Mr. Franken refused to concede based on Mr. Coleman's 215-vote lead. The honorable thing to do, Mr. Coleman said, was to accept defeat. Now that Mr. Franken has a 225-vote lead following a recount that the Minnesota Supreme Court could find no fault with, Mr. Coleman is concerned that hundreds of Minnesotan's votes may not have been counted. Looks like another one those lies and the lying liars who tell them.

    January 5, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. Lisa Vilen

    "Pull a Burris" - I love that! It can come to mean someone who shows up despite being shunned or told by a mega majority that they are not wanted. Of course, if Burris does not Pull a Burris tomorrow, then it is a moot point.

    January 5, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  25. LM75

    I thought the Repugs were going to steal this on. If they had only worked this hard in Fla 2000, we would be in a lot better shap today and a lot safer.

    January 5, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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