April 14th, 2009
01:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Cafferty: 5 months after election, still no winner in Minnesota

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Minnesota has become a joke — unless you live there and would like your voice represented in the United States Senate. 161 days after the election and they’re still trying to figure out who won the senate race between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken.

A three-judge panel has now ruled against Coleman, saying that “Franken is entitled to receive the certificate of election” after defeating Coleman by 312 votes. But it’s unlikely that the Minnesota secretary of state will issue that certificate until all legal challenges are exhausted.

I’m exhausted watching this… looks like a Three Stooges movie. Coleman has 10 days to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court; and if he loses at the state level, there’s always the federal level.

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  1. Eric in Chicago

    If Coleman had done his job right during his first term, his accomplishments would have stood out for him and the vote would not have been so close (with an inexperienced ex-SNL comedian). He apparently was not a friend to Minnesota voters then, and as demonstrated by his continued lack of respecting the outcome, not a friend now.

    It rings especially hollow for any incumbent politician, assumed to be educated individuals, to decry broken election processes, that they alone had the power to try to change it while previously in office. The only reason Coleman would not have fixed the 'obviously broken election system', is that he thought he had an advantage the way it was...

    He did not do his job the first term which obviously did not convince an overwhelming majority of Minnesota voters he should be re-elected, has lost multiple court battles arguing basically it is broke and I choose not to fix it when I could.

    Shouldn't we ALL be holding politicians to a higher standard? Times are tough and we need the best and the brightest (from both parties) to get through this, and Coleman is offended he did not have the skill to beat a washed up comic? He does not sound like the best or brightest about a lot of things...

    April 14, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Lou from CT

    The time has come for Norm Coleman to step aside and let Al Franken take his place in the United States Senate. To deny the citizens of Minnesota representation for one additional minute in an affront to the electoral and democratic process.

    April 14, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. vince k

    meh. who cares? it's just another example of the joke that is our government.
    there's an opening for office. there's a campaign, two rivals pitted against each other. there's a lot of promise and arrogance (get it, which party is which?). there's an election. the elected goes into the house of governance, and then simply seeps into the sewers like the rest of them.
    sorry for minnesota. but maybe we're all better off with one less senator. 49 to go!

    April 14, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Lillie

    Do they know how to count in Minnesota? They're looking foolish.

    April 14, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. MN Independent

    I really wish we could just vote over again. It is really frusterating to think that someone (anyone) might win by a few hundred votes. I think that should say something to BOTH individuals involved. If it was that evenly split it should show you that their were not a lot of great choices. It was a coin toss! I am sure a lot of other Minnesota voters, like myself, are frusterated at both individuals. We need representation, but obviously by a better candidate.

    April 14, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Kyle R.

    Sounds like the state of Minnesota needs to invest in early educational skills....like counting! Morons.

    April 14, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Rob R

    There IS a winner, Jack, and a loser. He just doesn't want to recognize it. Meanwhile, we're left without representation...

    April 14, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. dave

    After the disputed election of 2000, Al Gore conceded for the good of the country.

    What makes Norm Colman so important. Norm: Get Out. If the people of MN wanted you, they would have elected you.

    Given the incredible advantages that incumbents have built into the system for themselves, any incumbent who doesn't win by at least ten percent should just get out.

    April 14, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Film Professor

    The joke is Norm Coleman; what an example of a lack of class.

    Give it up, Norm. You're going down. Your selfishness is hurting your state.

    April 14, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    With either one there's NO winner! How about someone else?

    April 14, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Ennis, LA

    Coleman should demand a new election.

    April 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Kensing James, Florida


    Why can't Coleman just behave as a man and accept defeat? Is the republican party, now, just a party of cry babies?

    April 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Corwin7

    I AM DEEPLY INSULTED BY YOUR REFERENCE JACK. I spend every saturday night "late" of my teen years watching the Three Stooges movies and they were entertaining where as these stooges are just sad and a little pathetic.

    April 14, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. LIP

    You know what...I am an Independant and am not a fan of Franken, but this has really gone on way to long. It is time for Coleman to throw in the towel and call it quits. A bitter pill to swallow, especially when you originally won, until Franken challanged the results and then some how, Franken wins. Lets move on anyway and learn from the lessons...

    April 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Lynn

    There is a winner...the Republicans just don't want to admit it and are denying equal representation...isn't that what a facist state does??

    April 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Yolanda

    Minnesota must be craving attention. This is very old news.

    April 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. southerncousin

    The effects of ACORN and unions on what had previously been honest elections. All of the those groups that helped make George Soros several billion dollars from the recession (and of course elect our imbecile of a president) caused this problem. When will ACORN be investigated. When will George Soros be investigated?

    April 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Andrew

    This is about the best shot the Republicans have in winning a Senate seat. lol lol lol

    April 14, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Chuck-Texas

    Coleman has lost, and he knows that. But, he won't go away because he is keeping one senate seat, one senate vote away from the Democrats....best option left to the republicans under the circumstances. Please remember; the Republicans are the patriotic party, doing Gods work here on earth, keeping America safe, saving babies while supporting the death sentence.

    April 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Super D

    Kick this up to the Supream Court of Minn.

    I have no confidence that a Republican is going to get a fair shake in the lower courts.

    Coleman had more votes on election night, then as if by magic....during a recount that result is reveresed.

    April 14, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Andy

    What difference does it make who wins, just pick one and let call it a day

    April 14, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Qui-Tam Relator

    This is what has become of our government and our politicians, stall stall stall and then woops what happened. We have become a country of wishie washie blubbering idiots and the sad fact of this is the whole world has and is seeing us for what we are and all American's should feel ashamed and by the way this is not aimed at one party or another we are all in this together, we have become a flock of idiots.

    April 14, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Mike

    Typical republican loser. Coleman is making a mockery of Minnesota and wasting the state's resources because he's in denial and can't concede defeat gracefully. "Stay the course", "Mission accomplished" and the like are bold proclamations of a tired, failed rhetoric. Americans may be sick of the current two-party system, but make no mistake about it: nothing reviles Americans more right now than Republican leadership. Otherwise the outcome of the Presidential election (and house/senate elections) would have been a lot closer, if not completely different. It's time for the GOP to admit defeat, back off, hunker down and find ways to improve its chances for 2012 rather than waste more time and resources squabbling about technicalities and bashing democrats day in and day out like it's their sacred duty.

    April 14, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. rj

    stop spending our money coleman! Minnesota is in a deficit and you carry on not facing the inedible. Face it, you lost.

    April 14, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Rick

    And who said "cheaters never prosper?"

    April 14, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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