Franken Wins MN Senate Seat by 312 Votes

On April 13, a three judge-panel ruled that Al Franken defeated Norm Coleman by 312 votes and recommended Franken be awarded the election certificate.   Coleman plans to appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court arguing that 4,400 rejected absentee ballots should be counted, though his chances on appeal are slim.  In an AP article picked up by the Wall Street Journal, law professor Rick Hansen said the ruling was “a careful and unanimous decision opinion…unlikely to be disturbed on appeal” by the Minnesota Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court if it gets that far.

If Coleman continues to challenge the election results, it may be another year before Franken takes office.   And Minnesota may soon have the dubious distinction of being the only state in modern history to go an entire year with only one U.S. Senator.


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