March 6th, 2009
03:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Minnesota high court denies Franken call for election certification

(CNN) - Minnesota's high court has denied Democrat Al Franken's request to force the state to issue a certification of election results in the U.S. Senate race while the case continues to be appealed.

Franken currently holds a 225-vote lead over Republican Norm Coleman, who has filed suit over his allegation that some valid absentee ballots may not have been counted. The state’s governor, Republican Tim Pawlenty, and Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie have both said that they will not sign a certification of that election that would make the current count official until that lawsuit is resolved.

The decision means the trial, now wrapping its sixth week of testimony, will continue uninterrupted.

In a statement, Coleman spokesman Ben Ginsberg called the ruling “a victory for Minnesota Law and Minnesotans.”

“This wise ruling will ensure that Harry Reid, Al Franken and Chuck Schumer cannot short-circuit Minnesota Law in their partisan power play,” Ginseberg added.

A spokeswoman for Franken did not immediately respond for a request for response.

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soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. AD

    Darn it!

    C'mon, wrap this up so the good people of Minnesota can get full representation.

    March 6, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    The theft of the election by the dems is being thwarted! Maybe there is some hope yet....

    March 6, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Rick CT

    Nice to see that someone believes this should be settled before certifying this. And the MN Supremes are not exactly a right-wing conspiracy

    March 6, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Larry

    FInally some good news – one less Obamabimbo in the Senate to further mess up the country

    March 6, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. obama-mama

    This whole process is just amazing.

    March 6, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Godluvr

    The courts are still in session because they're looking for a loop hole. They are trying to find a way to rule in Coleman's favor...........

    March 6, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Franken won. Stop dragging the process out.

    March 6, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Civic Commentary

    Is Minnesota going to deny its citizens the two votes they are entitled to, rather than admit Al Franken–by a narrow margin–is the people's choice?

    March 6, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Laverne

    Well of course, they are waiting on the big pay-off! The citizens of Minnesota should be outraged, but they are being awfully quiet about this whole thing.

    March 6, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Albuquerque

    Jeez...this is ridiculous. How long will it take the powers that be to realize that they have to resolve this NOW? The money spent on this would have paid for a new election!!! So get off your high horses and make some grown up decisions

    March 6, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. MaryanneAZ

    This would be NEWS if they DID approve an election certificate. Silly story.

    March 6, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Thats no surprise.

    March 6, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Sick of Dirty Al Franken

    What a dirtbag Fraken is.

    Franken wants to call himself the winner – Coleman won the first count, before the entire process is completed.

    Hey Al, why don't you just take your stupid jokes and pornography and go crawl back under the rock that you came from

    March 6, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. spring forward

    will this ever end??

    March 6, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Paul

    Good, but In the end he'll win. Dirty politics always triumphs.

    March 6, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. carlo

    Well, Pawlenty, I hope its worth hit when you try to elevate your political career and people look at how you have sabatoged an election. People voted for Franken. Why can't you and "hush puppy" Coleman get that through your thick skulls?

    March 6, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Charlie in Maine

    Honestly, where is Sandra Day Oconner when you need her. Coleman lost just like Bush did in 2000 but that did not keep him from office and it shouldn't keep Norm from office either.

    March 6, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |

    This is riidiculous...... The elections were Nov.,4th, 2008......... I beg the courts to make a decision........

    March 6, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Kiddo

    Come on, guys! Al won, right? Give it a rest already.

    March 6, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Ralph

    Vote again fools, and this time don't let Acorn and their like run it !

    March 6, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Barbara Campbell

    It's ludicrous that this is taking so long, with the Republicans doing everything possible to prevent another Democrat from being seated in the Senate. It has been FOUR MONTHS since the election. I suspect that Pawlenty is using this to help him in the 2012 presidential primary.

    March 6, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Bridgette-PA

    OMG! Somebody make the call already!

    March 6, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. RickyL

    Every day that Franken is denied his Senate seat is another victory for the GOP because it makes the 60-vote rule an important weapon in the ongoing 'just say NO' republican campaign.

    March 6, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Eyckie

    Just more obstructionism by the GOP. Do they think no one is watching this? It's just another nail in the coffin of Republicans. Grow up and allow the country to move forward you bunch of deadbeats.

    March 6, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. phoenix86

    Just have a special eleciton, or as Obama says: a "do-over".

    March 6, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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