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Coleman concedes Like this story? Share it with Yahoo! Buzz Republican Norm Coleman is addressing supporters in St.

Paul following a Minnesota Supreme Court decision today that found Democrat Al Franken has won the election.

The USA TODAY story is here.

� �"I join all Minnesotans in congratulating our newest United States senator, Al Franken," Coleman said.

"I have never believed that my service is irreplaceable.

We have reached the point where further litigation damages the unity of our state, which is also fundamental.

In these tough times, we all need to focus on the future.

And the future today is we have a new United States senator."Update 4:09 p.m.

ET: Coleman says he had a "personal and very positive discussion" with Franken today.

Regarding whether he will run for governor of Minnesota, Coleman said: "I haven't made a decision yet about the future...We'll talk about the future in short order."��Update 4:12 p.m.

ET: "I've had a lot of time to process this election," Coleman said.

"I really have a sense of peace of where things are at and it is now time to move forward...the court has spoken." Coleman said he felt comfortable and confident about his appeal: "The service to the voters of Minnesota is to stand up for the principle that every vote should count." ��Update 4:17 p.m.

ET: Coleman said he hasn't had discussions with national Republican Party leaders about the importance of allowing Democrats to get to 60 votes in the Senate.

"I never felt any pressure about that," Coleman said.

"What I felt was a commitment to getting it right....

I never really worried about 60 votes or 59 votes...I think a lot of folks are putting a lot into this 60 number."�Update 4:18 p.m.

ET: Coleman: "For the media, this election has been a godsend...this has been the full employment act for the media."�Update 4:28 p.m.

ET: Minnesota Gov.

Tim Pawlenty has released a statement announcing that he will sign the election certificate, which clears the way for Franken to be seated in the Senate.

"In light of [the] decision and Senator Coleman's�announcement that he will not be pursuing an�appeal, I will be signing the election�certificate today as directed by the court and�applicable law." Earlier, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Franken could be seated as early as next week.��Posted by John Fritze at 04:06 PM/ET, June 30, 2009 | Permalink
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