It’s Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. Finally.

Minnesota’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Franken won last fall’s U.S. Senate race.

‘Al Franken received the highest number of votes legally cast and is entitled under Minn. Stat. § 204C.40 (2008) to receive the certificate of election as United States Senator from the State of Minnesota,” the court ruled.

Franken narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Norm Coleman. Reports have circulated that Coleman will not contest the decision of the state’s top court.

Coleman spent the last seven and a half months on recounts and lawsuits, financed and promoted by the national Republican Party in an evident effort to delay the expected loss as long as possible and stymie progressive legislation sought by the Obama administration.

When Franken takes his seat in the Senate, the Democrats will have the magic 60 seats needed to prevent a Republican filibuster. Although that is not a guarantee that all 60 Democrats will vote together on every issue, it does deliver powerful momentum on key issues like the labor movement’s priority, advancing worker rights through the Employee Free Choice Act.

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Susan Webb
Susan Webb

Susan Webb is a retired co-editor of People's World. She has written on a range of topics both international - the Iraq war, World Social Forums in Brazil and India, the Israel-Palestinian conflict and controversy over the U.S. role in Okinawa - and domestic - including the meaning of socialism for Americans, attacks on Planned Parenthood, the U.S. as top weapons merchant, and more. Previously she taught English as a second language and did a variety of other jobs to pay the bills. She has lived in six states, and is all about motherhood, art, nature and apple pie.