Republican GOP Coleman hands contested Senate seat to Franken

2009-07-01 03:36:46 (GMT) ( - Top Stories News)

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Charlotte, North Carolina ( — Following a hotly disputed eight-month vote recount and court fight over Minnesota’s contested Senate race,Republican Norm Coleman conceded to Democrat Al Franken.

The election results were finally determined by only a few hundred votes separating the two candidates.

Coleman made his decision known during a news conference in St. Paul, shortly after learning of the unanimous Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that Franken should be the qualified winner of the votes.

“The Supreme Court has made its decision and I will abide by the results,” Coleman told the press while standing outside his St. Paul home.

“In these tough times we all need to focus on the future, and the future is that we have a new United States senator.”

According to the Associated Press, “Franken’s presence in the Senate would give the Democrats control of 60 seats, enough to overcome any Republican filibuster if they stay united.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s spokesperson said Franken could take his Senate seat as early as next week, since the Senate is out of session for the Independence Day holiday.

Al Franken is a former “Saturday Night Live” comedian and liberal commentator. - Press Release Distribution Service


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