The three-judge panel just issued the final order in the recount trial. It declared that Democrat Al Franken got more votes than Republican Norm Coleman. The panel also ruled that Republican Norm Coleman has to pay some of Al Franken’s court costs.
Coleman’s lawyers have already promised an appeal.
You can read it here. UPDATE: Page 27 is the key page.
UPDATE TO UPDATE: Franken to make a comment at 8 pm Central.
Tom Scheck has covered politics and state government for more than ten years for MPR News. He’s covered several gubernatorial campaigns, two statewide recounts, the presidential bids of Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann, U.S. Senate races, close Congressional contests and the Minnesota Legislature. He lives in Falcon Heights with his wife, son and dog. He can sometimes be found chasing a white ball on a golf course. It isn’t a straight walk. Tips are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org