Franken officially wins in MN: 'I work for you now'; Coleman camp says they'll sue
By a slim margin, Democrat Al Franken was today declared the winner of Minnesota's bitter Senate contest, defeating Republican incumbent Norm Coleman.
The satirist and former Saturday Night Live writer and performer officially bested Coleman by 225 votes, according to the Minnesota Canvassing Board.
Coleman had asked the state supreme court to include additional absentee ballots in the recount totals in a last-ditch effort, but the court denied the request, ensuring Franken's victory--for now.
Coleman's lead attorney said that a lawsuit protesting the result was "inevitable," which could extend the tussle over the Senate seat "for months."
"I am proud to stand before you as the next senator from Minnesota," said Franken, speaking to the press outside of his Minneapolis home. "This victory is incredibly humbling. ...
"I want every Minnesotan to hear this: I work for you now, and I will work hard to earn your confidence," Franken declared.
This video is from CNN.com, broadcast Jan. 5, 2008.
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