Minnesota Supreme Court Rules Unanimously for Franken

The Minnesota Supreme Court “has ruled unanimously in favor of Al Franken in the disputed U.S. Senate race,” the Star Tribune reports.  The final opinion is linked here.

There have been rumblings as of late that Republican Norm Coleman would not continue his fight with a federal appeal which could reach as high as the U.S. Supreme Court.

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, reiterated on MSNBC today that he would sign an election certificate certifying Al Franken as the winner if the state supreme court directed him to do so.

But the ruling does not order him to do so. It states the following:

For all of the foregoing reasons, we affirm the decision of the trial court that Al Franken received the highest number of votes legally cast and is entitled under Minn. 32 Stat. § 204C.40 (2008) to receive the certificate of election as United States Senator from the State of Minnesota.

Note the word “entitled.” That, for the moment, leaves some open questions as to whether a certificate will be signed by the Governor.

Update: Norm Coleman has conceded the race to Al Franken. Meanwhile, Talking Points Memo reports that Governor Pawlenty will in fact sign the election certificate.

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