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After Long Court Battle, Franken Wins Minn. Senate Seat

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Democrat Al Franken narrowly defeated Republican Norm Coleman in last year's U.S. Senate race. Analysts discuss the case and the significance of Franken's win.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Now that long-awaited outcome in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race. The Minnesota Supreme Court today ordered Democrat Al Franken certified as the winner. He had been locked in a recount battle with his Republican opponent, Norm Coleman, for more than seven months.

    This afternoon, both Coleman and Franken spoke to reporters.

  • FORMER SEN. NORM COLEMAN, R-Minn.:

    Ours is a government of laws, not men and women, and the Supreme Court of Minnesota has spoken. I respect its decision, and I will abide by its result. It's time for Minnesotans to come together under the leaders it has chosen and move forward. And I join all Minnesotans in congratulating our newest United States senator, Al Franken.

  • SENATOR-ELECT AL FRANKEN, D-Minn.:

    I won by 312 votes, so I really have to earn the trust of the people who didn't vote for me and of all the people of Minnesota, and let them know not just by my saying so, but by my actions that I'm going to be working for every Minnesotan.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    Gwen Ifill has more.

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