Minn. Court: Al Franken is the Senate Winner

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.

Tags: Al Franken, Minnesota, MN-Sen, norm coleman, Senate 2008 (all tags)

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Re: Minn. Court: Al Franken is the Senate Winner

Yea! We won again.

by abc 2009-04-13 06:44PM | 0 recs
Now Pawlenty will have to play

Tim Pawlenty has been able up to now to have it both ways. One one hand he can deffer to the courts and on the other he can appear to talk tough. He could avoid antagonizing both his base and the general population. That time is rapidly coming to a close.

Now he will have to begin to measure his power and potential within the national Republican party. He needs the national party to start to pull back from this forlorn hope. The last thing he wants is to be forced to make a choice about signing the certificate. How much does the national party respect his potential? Can he get it to quietly pressure Coleman to accept he has one last shot (the MnSC) and after that its over?

It will be interesting to see.

by Judeling 2009-04-13 09:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Now Pawlenty will have to play

What is the local Democratic Party doing to apply pressure on Pawlenty? Can't they offer resistance to his bills as a bargaining chip? Really slow down things?

by Pravin 2009-04-14 06:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Now Pawlenty will have to play

The DFL is locked in the bi-annual budget battle and pushing the legislative recess deadline so what ever pressure is available is full engaged.

by Judeling 2009-04-14 06:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Minn. Court: Al Franken is the Senate Winner

I wonder if Coleman will be able to provide the bond for appeal.  after having accidentally released his donor database, and credit card numbers (with security codes) is he getting more donations?  I bet not.

by lojasmo 2009-04-14 03:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Minn. Court: Al Franken is the Senate Winner

Oh, and the judgment calls for him to pay the fees too.  Wooot!

by lojasmo 2009-04-14 03:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Minn. Court: Al Franken is the Senate Winner

Considering TPaw and Norm hate each others guts, it would not surprise me to see TPaw put pressure on Norm to give up, laughing at him the whole way.

What a pair of douches.

by Hammer1001 2009-04-14 06:15AM | 0 recs
Re: Minn. Court: Al Franken is the Senate Winner

East of the MO river they will have 2 democratic senators and in 2010 the transformation will be complete with the Dems winning the tossup races PA,NH,OH, and MO.  It was only a matter of time before this happened.  

by olawakandi 2009-04-14 08:14AM | 0 recs

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