It took awhile, but Democrat Al Franken is finally a U.S. Senator.
After eight long months of recounts, court battles and old-fashioned political name calling between rival camps, Franken has been declared winner of Minnesota's 2008 senatorial race. The state's Supreme Court ended the marathon dispute when it dismissed former Sen. Norm Coleman's (R) challenge to Minnesota's November election results.
"We affirm the decision of the trial court that Al Franken received the highest
number of votes legally cast and is entitled under (Minnesota law) to receive
the certificate of election as United States Senator from the State of
Minnesota," the court wrote in its 5-0 ruling.
Although Coleman can still challenge in federal courts, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) says he will certify the decision. The former Saturday Night Live writer and comedian's win means the Democrats will control 60 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate. That total is enough to defeat any procedural roadblocks set by the GOP.