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Republican concedes, sending Franken to Senate

Republican concedes, sending Franken to Senate

Republican Norm Coleman has conceded to Democrat Al Franken in Minnesota's contested Senate race, ending a nearly eight-month recount and court fight.
Coleman conceded at a news conference in St. Paul, a few hours after a unanimous Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian and liberal commentator should be certified the winner.
The election was in November, but recounts and court challenges have left the result up in the air.
The Minnesota justices said Franken is entitled to the election certificate he needs to assume office. With Franken and the usual backing of two independents, Democrats would have a big enough majority to overcome Republican delaying tactics on legislative votes.
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the earliest Franken would be seated is next week, because the Senate is out of session for the July 4 U.S. Independence Day holiday.


Updated : 2021-04-11 22:06 GMT+08:00