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The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled 5-0 Tuesday for Al Franken in his contested U.S.

Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman.

In a press conference after the ruling, Coleman conceded the race to Franken"We affirm the decision of the trial court that Al Franken received the highest number of votes legally cast and is entitled ...

to receive the certificate of election as United States Senator from the State of Minnesota," the court wrote in its opinion.Read the full ruling here.The court rejected a legal challenge from Republican Norm Coleman, who claimed that a three-judge trial court erred in concluding that Franken received the most legally cast votes in the race.

The three-judge panel issued its opinion on April 13 that Franken beat Coleman by 312 votes and should be seated as senator.In upholding the April ruling, the justices said Coleman's appeal had "not shown that the trial court's findings of fact are clearly erroneous or that the court committed an error of law or abused its discretion."In a statement Minnesota DFL Party Chair Brian Melendez and Associate Chair Donna Cassutt offered congratulations to Franken."Throughout this long process, Minnesotans have seen what kind of senator Al Franken will be: determined, patient, thoughtful and ready to work for our state.

Now it is time for the senator-elect to be seated so that Minnesota is once again fully represented in the United States Senate."After Gov.

Tim Pawlenty certifies the election results, Franken, the Democratic candidate, will be seated as Minnesota's junior senator.

Pawlenty told CNN on Sunday that he was prepared to sign the certificate "as soon as I'm directed or required to."Such a certification is now all but certain, as Coleman himself conceded the race in a press conference Tuesday afternoon in the backyard of his home."Any further litigation damages the unity of our state," he said, asking the public to congratulate Franken as the new U.S.

Senator.Coleman, who served one term in the U.S.

Senate, held a 215-vote lead over Franken after the Nov.

4 election.

The margin was slim enough to force a mandatory recount, which Franken won.
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