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Minn. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Over Senate Seat

Associated Press
The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow in the long-running battle over that state's Senate seat.

There is no telling how fast Minnesota's highest court will act, however, and its ruling may not settle the matter. If the court finds against former senator Norm Coleman (R), he may file a federal lawsuit or petition the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case.

Minnesota's Senate election last November, and the resulting legal battle between Coleman and Democrat Al Franken, has resulted in the nation's longest Senate vacancy in 34 years.

Coleman trails Franken by 312 votes, but he is asking the Minnesota court to order the opening of 4,400 rejected absentee ballots.

Franken hopes the court sweeps aside the appeal and demands that he get the election certificate required to take office. He trailed on election night, but a statewide recount after the election boosted him into the lead, which he padded during a trial triggered by Coleman's lawsuit.

The opponents have hauled in at least $13 million between them since Election Day to fund a recount and to continue the legal fight. That figure doesn't include what political parties and outside groups devoted separately to the recount.

The two state parties have covered $2 million in legal fees, chipping in lesser amounts for paychecks, mileage costs and meal expenses for people dispatched to watch over the statewide recount.

By Post Editor  |  May 31, 2009; 12:15 PM ET
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Thirteen Million dollars would have given 260 students a 4 year college education in a public institution.

Posted by: lennykohm | June 1, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

al frankin is nothing more than a comedian, and a bad one at that. i cant believe the people in minnasota can be this stupid.

Posted by: silusdogood | June 1, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

A comment that Frankin is a mediocre entertainer and should not be made governor has some merit. We had a mediocre entertainer for president and look at the mess he put use in !

Posted by: chasell1 | June 1, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey Silas yes Silasdogood. I would not criticize your horrendous spelling but calling the people of minnasota (I believe you meant Minnesota)stupid seems to be the pot calling the kettle black. Franken may not be one of the great senators that Mn has had like HHH, Fritz Mondale etc. but he sure beats his opponent Norm Coleman by a large margin. The Republicans are throwing large amounts of money to try to draw the process out as long as they can so that the 60 vote majority takes as long as possible to reach for the Democrats,

Posted by: pehrhard | June 1, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

What kind of miracle is Coleman waiting for? He lost and he knows he has lost. After all, how many people would be stupid enough to vote Republican? It's criminal that the count is even this close. And he's only extending this charade to keep the Dems from getting to 60 seats as long as possible. Face it--Coleman has lost, and now he's quickly becoming the Repugnant Party's biggest LOSER!

Posted by: NothingButTheTruth | June 1, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Coleman swears he isn't just being an obstructionist. Really he does. I'm almost sure of it.

Cuz, being a dignified, traditional Republican, and a grown-up and all, he must as graceful in defeat as he was humble in victory. Right?

Posted by: Observer44 | June 1, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Al Franken is very qualified to be a senator. Read his books - They are funny but also accurate in pointing out the hypocrisies of the right wingers. Coleman has lost and is holding on either to keep the Senate from a Democratic 60% or because he's just the poorest loser ever.

Posted by: skupisz | June 2, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

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