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. kokabear

    Al Franken is an idiot and anybody that voted for him is an idiot !!!
    If Al Franken won that means over half the state are idiots.

    March 6, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Doug, Allentown PA

    The Democrats don't want a re-vote. They would loose HUGE. Without the huge African American turnout that pulled the Democrat lever, Franken would have NEVER won.

    Our electoral system just SUCKS with close elections. To all you Doms still crying about 2000, Gore admitted it himself. Had he won his own home state, none of it would have mattered. He even said in hindsight that he should have agreed to a statewide recount instead of the cherry-picked Democrat hot-spots.

    This election is yet another example. Ballots being 'found' four weeks after the ract. I know that there was serious action, both right and wrong, taken by BOTH sides in this.

    It is quite disgusting. With that said, I think Norm shold throw in the towel. When Al is up for re-election in six years, he won't have Obama's coat tails to hang onto. He will loose huge.

    March 6, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. SPacific

    "If I were him (Al Franken) the right thing to do would be to concede......"

    -Norm Coleman
    November 5th, the day after the election, BEFORE the votes were all counted.....

    Now that the proverbial shoe is on the other foot Norm, tell me again, "What's the right thing to do for Minnesota?......

    March 6, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Deke

    Minnesota is getting great gratification on keeping the state in the spotlight. Trouble is, the spotlight has dimmed on the state of Minnesota. They've played it for all it's worth. Pick one already.

    March 6, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Bly

    Minnesota is looking more and more foolish. Like idiots that can't count .

    March 6, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. Bly

    Minnesota is looking more and more foolish. Like idiots who can't count .

    March 6, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Allison

    Can anyone count in Minnesota?

    March 6, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Anonymous


    liberals are so predictable

    they call on Coleman to not challenge the vote and let it stand

    promptly forgetting that Coleman was originally declared the winner until Franklin FIRST challenged the vote

    Franlin INSISTED on a recount with ALL votes counted-then as soon as he got the lead–he wanted to quit recounting votes which might go the other way.

    IF we are going to go back and say NO CHALLENGES--then go back to the initial declaration--Coleman won

    March 6, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. The One

    Count every vote!!!! Remember Al Gore and the left-wing crybabies. Minnesota does not really need another Senator.

    March 6, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. JACK

    Someone needs to send a bus load of fifth graders up to Minnestoa to count the votes. IDIOTS!

    March 6, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. JACK

    Someone needs to send a bus load of fifth graders up to Minnesota to count the votes. IDIOTS!

    March 6, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. Zav.

    Someone needs to send a bus load of fifth graders up to Minnesota to count the votes. IDIOTS!

    March 6, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. change

    why don't they just vote again..... wouldn't that save time and BS and court cost?

    March 6, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. lt

    give it a rest folks...this is political posturing at its "best". If the positions would be reversed, Franken would be suing Coleman. Recognize it for what it is.

    This isn't going to change until "we the people" demand it change.

    We allow it to happen!

    March 6, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. ED Fl

    A once well liked and bragged about STATE of Minnesota has become a disgrace to this country. The population has let a couple of right wing nuts destroy a once proud and lovable state.This has become A GOP disaster. First was the Larry Craig love in ,now it is continuing with the Coleman PAWLENTY affair. what a shame they have brought to a once state known for its LADIES AND GENTLEMEN among a great population of dogooders. This GOP GROUP has/is a disaster and it is trying to spread to the rest of the country.

    March 6, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. adrian for freedom

    Isn't this American Leagle at its finest

    March 6, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. MBFLA

    I am so thankful this is not happening in Florida!

    March 6, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Crimmine sakes, can't this state get it right yet?

    March 6, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. john

    this is absurd he won point blank SEAT HIM NOW!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Morgan

    Even Gore saw the writing on the wall and let go for the good of the people. How long must Minnesota people suffer from lack of representation? The recount happen and Franken is ahead. It's sad Coleman is playing politics to get what is not his.

    March 6, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. Tony - Fla

    For anyone of you idiots who are not aware, even if Franken wins, steals, or is given this, he would not give the Dems 60 seats. No wonder why you like the Dems, you don't know how to think, act, or take the time to find out the facts before you shoot off at the gums.

    March 6, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. AndyL

    Blagojevich is looking for a job!

    March 6, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. southerncousin

    Brian@from what I see of Congress they would be better off without one. Really think they need to take the air conditioners out of the Capitol and their offices. They would spend less time there and screw us over less.

    March 6, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. Right wing talking point

    Norm is so selfish, this has nothing to do with the people, but all about one persons ego. He called upon Al to resign when it looked like he had won, now he hasn't he guts to be a man. He's like the bully who cries "he hit me first"

    March 6, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Kevin in Ohio

    Franken won ONLY if you believe that no dead people voted for him or no one voted more than once. If you believe there were no dead people votes or duplicate ballots, then how do you explain greater than 100% turnout in several precincts?

    March 6, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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