Minnesota court backs Franken in Senate race

Mon. April 13, 2009 12:00 AM by Chicago Breaking News

A Minnesota court confirmed Monday that Democrat Al Franken won the most votes in his 2008 Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman, who already had announced plans to appeal.

Coleman has 10 days to appeal to the state Supreme Court. Such an appeal could delay for weeks the seating of Minnesota's second senator.

After a statewide recount and seven-week trial, Franken stands 312 votes ahead. He gained more votes from the challenge than Coleman.

"It's time that Minnesota like every other state have two" senators, a jovial Franken said Monday night.

The law under which Coleman sued required three judges to determine who got the most votes and is therefore entitled to an election certificate.

--Tribune news services

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