For months, Franken and Republican rival Norm Coleman have been embroiled in legal battles over who actually won the Minnesota Senate election in November. While the results initially showed a Coleman victory, a recount found that Franken led by 225 votes.
Before the recount, Coleman called for Franken to concede the election; afterward, he took the matter to the courts. Franken has also filed legal challenges. Both sides have sued to have rejected absentee ballots – at least, the ones most likely to favor them – counted. Coleman has tried to have the recount results thrown out. (For more, see our update here.)
Following today's decision, the Coleman camp sent out a release trumpeting the "wise ruling will ensure that Harry Reid, Al Franken and Chuck Schumer cannot short-circuit Minnesota Law in their partisan power play."
"Despite Al Franken's efforts to disenfranchise thousands of Minnesota voters, Norm Coleman is committed to ensuring a legal and fair election," said Coleman spokesman Ben Ginsberg.
How do Minnesotans feel about the ongoing standoff? Forty-six percent want a revote, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll, while 44 percent do not – which, considering the margin of error, amounts to a tie.
No figures were offered on the percentage who simply wants the whole thing to go away.