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Norm Coleman Ends 2008 Election Legal Fight

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Speaking outside his house in St. Paul on Tuesday afternoon, former Republican Senator Norm Coleman congratulated DFLer Al Franken as the new Senator from the Gopher State. Earlier this afternoon the Minnesota Supreme Court decided Franken was "entitled" to a certificate as the winner of the November election.

Coleman also cited his appreciation for the work of DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar for working double-duty as Minnesota's lone senator throughout 2009, calling the now senior Senator from the Gopher State as an "extraordinary public servant."

Klobuchar remains extremely popular in Minnesota, with an approval rating of 62 percent in a mid-June SurveyUSA poll. Coleman added, "The good news for Al Franken is that he has Amy Klobuchar by his side."

Coleman would not acknowledge that Franken received more legally-cast ballots in the race, stating simply that the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled on that issue.

Coleman stated he would not address his future plans, leaving that "to another day." The former Senator later added that he expects to make some announcement on his future plans shortly after July 4th.

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  • About Amy Klobuchar - people forget that she was a leading advocate for successful passage of Minnesota's first felony DWI law for which she received a leadership award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
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