The Minnesota state canvassing board has certified Al Franken as the newest Senator from that state by a margin of something like 215 or 225 votes... out of 2.9million.
It's like winning the presidency on a basis of 2000 or so votes, but smaller.
Congratulations, Senator Franken.
Norm Coleman, of course, is going to sue his tail of, but I think it's done. This is the last outstanding (major) election that we were waiting on in the 2008 election. The others -- Colorado Senate, New York Senate, etc. etc. etc. -- were not election results.
And so, finally, the 2008 election is over.
Kind of a bitch, isn't it? They wanted a filibuster proof Senate -- 60 seats for the Dems -- and they got... 59. Regardless, there's lots of play room. Lieberman often votes across the aisle, as do several southern Dems, while people like Olympia Snowe tend to be a lot more liberal Republican. It's imperfect, but, even if they had 60, it would be rare they could enact a filibuster block.
And for those who are pumped, here is the map for the Senate elections of 2010 from electoral-vote.com ... that is, these are the ones up for grabs. Color indicates strength of the party to win. Dark red means really likely Republican win, for example.
I know you're all breathless with antici...pation.