Franken Declared Winner in Minnesota Senate Race

The legal process could take weeks. Coleman's suit will focus on three key areas: those 654 rejected absentee ballots, an additional 150 ballots from Democatic-leaning areas that the Coleman campaign claims were double-counted for Franken and 130 ballots that were lost after election night but were included in the final tally after the recount.

Post-Recount Lawsuit

The state Supreme Court ruled today that those issues would be better handled in a post-recount lawsuit.

Minnesota Chief Justice Eric Magnuson would appoint a three-judge panel to oversee the next stage in the legal process.

Franken, a comedian, writer and radio talk show host, is perhaps best known for his stint on "Saturday Night Live," where he played self-help guru Stuart Smalley and served as a long-time writer. Franken was recently a political talk show host on the left-leaning Air America radio network.

Coleman served one term in the Senate after defeating Walter Mondale in 2002. Mondale stepped in as the Democratic candidate that year after two-term Sen. Paul Wellstone was killed in a plane crash 11 days before Election Day.

Coleman's term as senator ended Saturday.

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