Minn. Court: Al Franken is the Senate Winner
by Jonathan Singer, Mon Apr 13, 2009 at 03:59:54 PM EDT
Big news, reported by the Associated Press:
A Minnesota court confirmed Monday that Democrat Al Franken won the most votes in his 2008 Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman.
The ruling isn't expected to be the final word because Coleman previously announced plans to appeal to the state Supreme Court. He has 10 days to do so. That appeal could mean weeks more delay in seating Minnesota's second senator.
After a statewide recount and seven-week trial, Franken stands 312 votes ahead. Franken actually gained more votes from the election challenge than Coleman, the candidate who brought it.
This ruling wasn't unexpected -- but it's still big news. Norm Coleman's path to overturning the results of November's Senate election, in which he was turned out of office by the voters of his state, is becoming narrow to non-existent, and it's only a matter of time until virtually everyone aside from the most hackish of the Republican hacks joins the bandwagon already including leading conservative voices calling on Coleman to give up his quixotic fight and allow the rightful winner of the Minnesota Senate election, Democrat Al Franken, take his seat.