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. MDG Committee

    Just to be clear what it looks like from a MN viewpoint: It's more of a One Stooge movie. Norm is the only Stooge standing. The trans-partisan 3-judge panel did their job with admirable restraint and almost infuriating patience, even when it was clear that Coleman's team of legal "talent" hadn't actually proven anything. Al Franken has kept off the stage as this thing has played itself out. He too has shown admirable patience. I think the time for patience is over. If Gov. Pawlenty wants a political future in or from this state, he had better do all that he can to put partisan wrangling aside and get Franken seated as soon as possible.

    April 14, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. david, CA

    The further the fight goes on and the more Coleman meets with defeat, the more convincing Franken's victory will be – except to FOX noise followers who will never accept the legitimacy of Franken because they'll be told not to. So, except for that 25 percent of the American public, Franken is more and more seen as the rightful winner of the race.

    April 14, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. tim

    give it up cole your makeing a fool of your self . your the one election night that said if i was 222 votes behined you would conseed defeat well your over 300 votes behined mr coleman . as for sux news trying to say dems are stealing that senate race, and they said nothing when the gop stole an entire election in 2000 . wake up people . take your seat mr franken you won it fair and square .

    April 14, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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