Election certificate signed

Minnesota’s Senate race is now over.

Gov. Pawlenty and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie both signed the election certificate declaring Democrat Al Franken the winner in Minnesota’s long-running U.S. Senate race. Pawlenty signed the document at 6:15. Ritchie signed it about twenty minutes ago.

Pawlenty’s spokesman detailed the next step in the process:

“The certificate and cover letter will be faxed to the Secretary of the United State Senate this evening and the original will be sent overnight and hand-delivered to the Secretary of the United States Senate tomorrow.”

Franken said earlier today that he thought he would be sworn in sometime next week.

A spokesman for Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Franken will be sworn in early next week.

  • Bill Prendergast

    …and all it took to wind this thing up was Tom Scheck’s announcement that he was going to take a few months off to bond with his new infant son.

    As soon as Tom writes that–bang, Coleman concession speech. Tom follows the thing minute by minute, every day, month after month–as soon as he opens his mouth to say he’s going to take a day off, Coleman gives up.

    Tom, announce that you’re going to take another six months off again–maybe Ahmadinejad will give up, too.

  • tom scheck

    Bill, You crack me up.

  • Nana

    I like Secretary Ritchie’s blue pen, and glad that the governor didn’t use his red pen when he signed the certificate.