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Al Franken To Be Declared Winner On Monday In Minnesota

January 4, 2009


It took longer than most of us wanted, but Minnesota will have a new United States Senator.  Al Franken will be declared the winner on Monday by the Canvassing Board in Minnesota.  Legal challenges from the Republicans will continue, but change has come to another state in America.  The GOP was truly repudiated all over the nation last November.  And Norm Coleman was such a prig.  This warms my heart on a cold winter’s night.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the just-departed chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, declared Sunday that Al Franken has won the Minnesota Senate recount against Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.).

“With the Minnesota recount complete, it is now clear that Al Franken won the election. The Canvassing Board will meet tomorrow to wrap up its work and certify him the winner, and while there are still possible legal issues that will run their course, there is no longer any doubt who will be the next Senator from Minnesota,” Schumer said in a statement.

  1. kit permalink
    January 6, 2009 2:18 PM

    Let’s be frank: Norm Coleman doesn’t have much of a future in electoral politics. Defeated Presidential candidates sometimes have nine lives, but defeated Senatorial candidates rarely do, and in his career running for statewide office, Coleman has lost to a professional wrestler, beaten a dead guy, and then tied a comedian. He doesn’t have much to lose by fighting this to its bitter conclusion. But it’s hard to envision how he’ll come up with enough ballots to overtake Franken.

  2. tomjerkweed permalink
    January 6, 2009 12:45 PM

    Plus, why is it in 25 counties in MN there are more votes then registered voters? Al felt that the dead people would probably vote for him as well…

    What the heck we do that in Chicago all the time…

    Al should come down here and run for Senator. He would be a shoe in…

  3. tomjerkweed permalink
    January 6, 2009 9:55 AM

    From the Wall Street Journal via FOXNEWS:

    Minnesota’s other Senator, Amy Klobuchar, is already saying her fellow Democrats should seat Mr. Franken when the 111th Congress begins this week if the Canvassing Board certifies him as the winner. This contradicts Minnesota law, which says the state cannot award a certificate of election if one
    party contests the results.

    The Coleman campaign clearly misjudged the politics here, and the apparent willingness of a partisan
    like Mr. Ritchie to help his preferred candidate, Mr. Franken. The board has anoited a tainted and undeserving Senator.

  4. Solly permalink
    January 6, 2009 9:36 AM

    Poor Norm, maybe he should take his own advice and “graciously” concede. Wouldn’t want to cost the taxpayers all kinds of court costs! Whited sepulchre!

    from Minnesota StarTribune:

    “A few hours after Franken spoke, Coleman went before relatives, friends and supporters at his campaign headquarters in St. Paul to say he was “humbled and grateful for the victory that the voters gave us last night.” His campaign website flashed the word “VICTORY.”

    Coleman urged Franken to waive his right to a recount, saying that the prospect of changing the result was remote and that a recount would be costly to taxpayers (about $86,000).

    “I just think the need for the healing process is so important. … hopefully, you don’t have TV ads during an election recount,” Coleman said.”

  5. January 5, 2009 6:19 AM

    If the claims are without foundation the courts will rule in Franken’s favor, if not then they will or may side with Coleman. Either way the will of a very slim majority of the people will be done.

  6. thoughtfulconservative permalink
    January 4, 2009 9:10 PM

    Hey,I’m glad he won. The closer the Dems get to 60, the less they can make excuses.

  7. January 4, 2009 8:55 PM

    That is a claim without foundation made by Coleman forces. If it were true I would have serious problems with it. But there is no credible reason to think those claims are true in this situation. Instead this is about conservatives trying to undo the will of the people.

  8. January 4, 2009 8:12 PM

    So you choose to completely dismiss the claim that some votes were counted twice or more?

    Tell me, would you dismiss the claim if the positions were reversed and Coleman was claimed to be the victor?

  9. January 4, 2009 8:04 PM

    Only conservatives would call counting all the votes cast in the Election a “fraudulent” act. I know that conservatives would like to twist all races into a Florida 2000 show, but sometimes here in America democracy actually prevails.

    That might be part of the change we were talking about!

  10. January 4, 2009 8:00 PM

    An I’m sure the thought that the recount was fraudulent doesn’t bother you at all.

    Franken won’t be seated in the Senate until the court makes its final decision, so don’t get your hopes up too high.

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