Democrat Franken wins protracted Minn. Senate race

Associated Press - July 1, 2009 10:13 AM ET

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - More than two years after declaring his candidacy for Minnesota's Senate seat, and about seven months since the last vote was cast in the race, Al Franken is going to Washington to claim the post.

The state's Supreme Court ruled yesterday the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian should be certified the winner -- with a 312 vote lead out of almost 3 million cast. Republican incumbent Norm Coleman conceded the drawn-out fight yesterday, saying "the court has spoken."

Franken tells Minnesota Public Radio he expects to serve on the Judiciary Committee, where he'd play a role in the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

Franken says he's looking forward to the process and expects she'll pass. He also says he's inclined to support a public health care plan and intends to keep his sense of humor while on Capitol Hill.

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