Developing: Minnesota Court Names Franken Senator

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Posted: Jun 30, 2009 2:12 PM
The Minnesota Supreme Court has announced that Al Franken has won the race for Minnesota's Senate seat following months of recount fights and court battles:

A unanimous Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Democrat Al Franken should be certified the winner of the state's long-running Senate race, paving the way for the former Saturday Night Live comedian to be seated after an almost eight-month fight.

The high court rejected a legal challenge from Republican Norm Coleman, whose options for regaining his Senate seat are dwindling, saying Franken is entitled to the election certificate he needs to assume office.

"We affirm the decision of the trial court that Al Franken received the highest number of votes legally cast and is entitled under (Minnesota law) to receive the certificate of election as United States Senator from the State of Minnesota," the court wrote in its 5-0 ruling.



Read the Minnesota Supreme Court's decision here.