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. Tim

    republican Sen. Norm Coleman needs to concede

    January 5, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. Coleman's Suit

    So Normy is going to sue?

    January 5, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. Patricia in Las Vegas

    uhh, Marc ... Ventura went to community college, Franken went to Harvard. Different playing field.

    January 5, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. Tim

    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."

    I guess you've had your head in the sand for the last eight years. More pork and earmarks in the last eight years than ever before.

    No administration has stolen more from the planet than the departing Bush administration. They are the equivalent of "oxygen thieves" – stealing precious air from the rest of us.

    January 5, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  5. Steve, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Senator Cornyn in the end will eat crow and have to welcome the newly elected junior senator Al Franken of Minnesota. We are all better off to be rid of another Bush lackey, Norm Coleman. Franken can be no worse a politician than another man who became President, Ronald Reagan.

    January 5, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. HARLAND

    I IUST CAN'T BELIEVE PEOPLE WOULD PUT SOMEONE LIKE FRANKEN IN OFFICE SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT BELIEVE IN GOD!!! ALSO SO FAR LEFT !!!!! THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO ( HELL)

    January 5, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. Meka

    "Don't need him either" !

    Congress Term Limits . . . 12 years, NO Retirement !

    January 5, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  8. Larry

    Typical Democrats-Lie,cheat ,steal-Law's were made to be broken !

    IT"S ALL ABOUT GREED.

    January 5, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. hershey

    It's over Coleman. Time to be a Big Boy and concede.

    January 5, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. Bob

    The Democrats always accuse Republicans of cheating!

    This proves that Democrats are still the World Champion cheaters!

    January 5, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  11. john from sandiego

    Hell has frozen over...Minnesota deserves Al Freaken...

    January 5, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. John

    It's time for the republicans to get over the election, you guys lost now is the time to get on with fixing the broken economy.

    After all, the republicans with their deregulation of the financial industry got us into this economic mess.

    January 5, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  13. bill for barack

    Listen to the crybabies cry. The election is OVER and the best man finally won.

    January 5, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. Joe Green

    Franken once said of a fellow Harvard grad that was killed in a gay-bashing murder that he was "glad" the (expletive deleted) was murdered.

    Check out all the homophobic skits on SNL for the last 30 years.

    Guess who wrote them?

    Former wrestler Franken has some "issues" to deal with.

    Hasn't Minnesota had enough wrestlers in public office?

    Sometimes having "any" democrat elected is not a good idea

    January 5, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. Charlie in Maine

    Message to Senator Franken,

    If only Al Gore had stuck it out as well as you did sir the world would be a different place. I think if Al Gore could have forseen the damage wrought by W and his band of crooks I don't think he'd have given up so easily. Remembe rwhen you thought "It did not matter much who won in 2000" America?

    Anyway I think Senator Franken, that you have learned a valuable lesson from W's theft of the 2000 election.

    January 5, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. Joe Green

    "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….."

    Chuck Shaw, formerly of Cazenovia and GE?

    Hey Chuck, how's it going?

    January 5, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. Bush Voters Sit This One Out

    Repubs can't even beat out a stand-up comic in an election. Now that's funny.

    January 5, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. Tim

    Has anyone seen Bozo? I'm looking for Bozo! Is he here at the circus?

    January 5, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. MJM

    Now THAT'S how you steal an election!

    Take note people. Count whatever votes you want until your side is ahead then call it for your guy. Done.

    I love how people bring up Florida as some sort of justification for this. If the Florida 2000 election was stolen, how did Bush win Florida in 2004?

    January 5, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. Rick Sutter

    Proud American (sic) – Not with democrats counting the ballots!

    January 5, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  21. Dan, NYC

    "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."

    Actually, there is precedent. In a 2000 Supreme Court Case known as Bush v. Gore. Funny how the Republicans think they have any right to complain about stolen elections...

    January 5, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. Eugene

    The filibuster cabal is shrinking, and the desire for American progress is on the move.

    January 5, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. paul

    Well the dems in the senate are all a joke anyway.

    January 5, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  24. Steve

    "Hey, what's that smelly thing stuck to the bottom of my shoe? Just another Democrat."

    Never let it be said that conservatives are incapable of intelligent political discourse.

    January 5, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. flyer

    If you really what to know how Franken won go to newsmax.com. It is by no means an honest election. You people that complain about stolen elections need to read this.

    January 5, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
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