Minnesota court says Franken wins

The Associated PressApril 14, 2009 

— A Minnesota court confirmed Monday that Democrat Al Franken won the most votes in his 2008 Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman.

The ruling isn't expected to be the final word. Coleman previously announced plans to appeal to the state Supreme Court. He has 10 days to do so. That appeal could mean weeks more delay in seating Minnesota's second senator.

After a statewide recount and seven-week trial, Franken stands 312 votes ahead. Franken gained more votes from the election challenge than Coleman, the candidate who brought it.

The state law under which Coleman sued merely required three judges to determine who got the most votes and is therefore entitled to an election certificate. That critical certificate is on hold pending an appeal.

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