Al Franken is a big fat senator

After almost eight months of appeals and recounts, it’s official: Al Franken has won the hotly disputed 2008 Minnesota Senate race, following the concession of Republican opponent Norm Coleman.

Coleman’s 215-vote lead on election night prompted a recount, which Franken won. Coleman appealed the decision, but today the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Franken’s favour.

Franken will now become Democratic Party’s sixtieth vote in the Senate – and because sixty votes are required to overturn a filibuster, Franken’s victory is also a substantial win for the Democrats in general.

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2 Responses to “Al Franken is a big fat senator”

  1. jason says:

    I think Al declaring the ’80s the “Al Franken Decade” were a bit premature, in light of his Senatorial victory.

  2. Matt says:

    I thought he was talking about the length of the appeals process. BAM!