AL FRANKEN DECLARED THE WINNER IN MINN SENATE BATTLE

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 05, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
    The Minnesota Canvassing Board (who apparently is in charge of election verification in that state) has offically declared Al Franken the winner over Norm Coleman.

    Democrats +1.... and +1 lawsuit no doubt.
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    Jan 05, 2009 6:25 PM GMT
    The Minnesota Supreme Court today just rejected Coleman's request for a second recount. This has been a crazy race and I hope it is all over soon.
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    Jan 05, 2009 6:27 PM GMT
    The same Al Franken that was the comedian? Interesting. Didn't this state also elect a former wrestler?
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    Jan 05, 2009 6:36 PM GMT
    He's good enough, he's smart enough, and doggone it, he's ahead by 225 votes!
  • Timbales

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    Jan 05, 2009 6:38 PM GMT
    He looks like an old lesbian.
  • styrgan

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    Jan 05, 2009 9:29 PM GMT
    SurrealLife saidThe same Al Franken that was the comedian? Interesting. Didn't this state also elect a former wrestler?


    Yeah. Jesse Ventura was their governor. So they have a history of unconventional or independent choices.
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    Jan 05, 2009 9:33 PM GMT
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    Jan 05, 2009 9:55 PM GMT
    styrgan said
    SurrealLife saidThe same Al Franken that was the comedian? Interesting. Didn't this state also elect a former wrestler?


    Yeah. Jesse Ventura was their governor. So they have a history of unconventional or independent choices.

    Jesse Ventura was a bit of a fluke. He ran independent, and the other 2 candidates were lackluster party insiders. They had 3-way televised debates where the party candidates basically ignored Ventura, hardly acknowledge he was there.

    They tried to ridicule him as some kind of unauthorized interloper, since only the party-appointed were entitled to be governor by virtue of divine right or something. It backfired on them, because Minnesotans can be darned independent themselves, and "fer sure" when you offend them.

    Ventura wasn't the greatest governor, but a true "maverick" as he basically promised voters (Sarah Palin's hollow claims notwithstanding), and he did a lot better job than many critics expected. I lived in a bordering state, BTW, and our media was full of his election and tenure as governor.
  • GQjock

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    Jan 05, 2009 11:36 PM GMT
    MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Democrat Al Franken beat Republican incumbent Norm Coleman to win the U.S. Senate seat from Minnesota, officials conducting a final recount said on Monday, though the loser promised to challenge the result.
    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/01/05/washington/politics-us-usa-politics-minnesota.html?_r=1
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    Jan 06, 2009 4:05 AM GMT
    Good for Al Frankin, good for Minnesota, good for the Senate, and great for his providing one more vote in the senate to improve Obama's chances of getting things done quickly to get our economy, and our country in general headed in a more positive direction. I'm sure though that the republicans will try every trick in the law books to try to derail his win, because they're scared to death of "progressive" democrat ideas that don't put big business interests before the general publics interests in america..
  • Koaa2

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    Jan 07, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
    SurrealLife saidThe same Al Franken that was the comedian? Interesting. Didn't this state also elect a former wrestler?


    Ya, and wasn't Texas the state that elected Bush!
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    Jan 07, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    Koaa2 said
    SurrealLife saidThe same Al Franken that was the comedian? Interesting. Didn't this state also elect a former wrestler?


    Ya, and wasn't Texas the state that elected Bush!


    True, but I have a high opinion of the wisdom of the Minnesota voters. That is why their recent choices to me seem eccentric. Texas voters? Not so much.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 07, 2009 10:53 PM GMT
    It would be nice if the republican incumbent would just admit that he lost his US Senate seat to Al Franken. But I get a strange feeling that the GOP is going to keep filing lawsuits against these recent election results and drag this nonsense on for several more months. It is very obvious that the GOP is desperate to hang onto this senate seat from Minnesota. Now we have to deal with the horrendous mess in Illinois along with my own homestate of New York.
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    Jan 07, 2009 10:56 PM GMT
    Coleman is filling appeals that will drag this out further. I doubt the votes will eventually favor him, but I wonder if he's being urged to appeal by Senate Republican leaders.

    They may know that Franken will eventually be seated, but want to weaken the Democratic Senate majority during Obama's crucial first days, when he'll be trying to pass legislation the Repubs won't want.

    If that's the case, to deny the people of Minnesota their full representation in the Senate for possibly months, for political tactical advantages, is cynical & disgraceful.
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    Jan 07, 2009 11:18 PM GMT
    Considering how the recount went, I would do the same if I were Coleman. Coleman initially won the race, but in the recount the two candidates had an endless stream of law suits over each and every ballot. Coleman had some valid ones thrown out. Franken had some valid ones thrown out. Unfortunately, we will never know who the people of Minnesota actually voted into office. Thankfully though, we are getting another Democrat in the senate.