Monday, January 5, 2009

Senator-elect Franken Certified the Winner of Election in Minnesota

The Minnesota State Canvassing Board has Certified Al Franken the winner of the November 4th Election for Senate.

The lead from USA Today:

Democrat Al Franken has been certified as the winner of the Minnesota U.S. Senate election, but incumbent Republican Norm Coleman's office says a legal challenge "is now enevitable."

The state Canvassing Board certified the recount this afternoon, showing that Franken had won by 225 votes. But no election certificate can be issued for at least a week.

MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota board on Monday certified results showing Democrat Al Franken winning the state's U.S. Senate recount over Republican Norm Coleman, whose lawyer promised a legal challenge that probably will keep the race in limbo for months.

The Canvassing Board's declaration started a seven-day clock for Coleman, the incumbent, to file a lawsuit protesting the result. His attorney Tony Trimble said the challenge will be filed within 24 hours. The challenge will keep Franken from getting the election certificate he needs to take the seat in Washington.

"We had hoped that the canvassing board would refrain from reporting out with unanimity a recount total today. That did not happen," said Trimble during a conference call with reporters Monday.

So, now we wait. I don't think that Coleman has much ground for the lawsuit, but we'll find out.

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