Despite the protracted process to declare a winner in the Minnesota senatorial race between incumbent Norm Coleman and Al Franken, Franken is the declared winner. Coleman however, swears to appeal.
Late yesterday, a Minnesota court unanimously declared Franken’s victory in the November election. If Coleman follows through on his expressed interest in an appeal, the outcome could be delayed several more months. Coleman’s nothing if not tenacious, literally. Let it go, Norm.
According to the Minneapolis Star, the decision of the three-judge panel neutered Coleman’s claim that “the election and its aftermath were fraught with systemic errors that made the results invalid.”
In their unanimous decision, the judges wrote, “The overwhelming weight of the evidence indicates that the Nov. 4, 2008, election was conducted fairly, impartially and accurately.”