US Democrats get key senate seat

Delayed election result could help Barack Obama push through his agenda in congress.

    Franken celebrates his win with his wife Franni [AFP]

    Franken, an author and former comedian appearing on the popular Saturday Night Live television programme, "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 ruling said.

    The two candidates had been engaged in a months-long legal fight over the validity of the November 4 election.

    A series of recounts in the state gave Franken a victory of just 312 votes over Coleman, prompting the Republican to challenge the accuracy of the recount.

    Tim Pawlenty, the Minnesota governor and a Republican, is now expected to formally grant the senate seat to Franken.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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