- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 30, 2009

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered that Democrat Al Franken be certified as the winner of the state’s long-running Senate race.

The state’s top court rejected a legal challenge from Republican Norm Coleman, whose options for regaining the Senate seat are dwindling.

The election was in November, but recounts and court challenges have left the result up in the air.

Justices said Tuesday that Franken is entitled to the election certificate he needs to assume office. With Franken and theusal bckngoftw ideenens,Deocat wllhae bg nogh majority to overcome Republican delaying tactics.

Coleman hasn’t ruled out seeking federal court intervention.

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