Reid: Minnesota Race is “Over”

By Nitya

Jan 5, 2009 4:45pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein Reports: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn’t going to seat a senator from Illinois, but is ready to move on in the case of Minnesota.

“Al Franken has won the election," Reid, D-Nev., told reporters Monday afternoon on Capitol Hill. "There comes a time where you have to acknowledge that the race in Minnesota is over. The race in Minnesota is over.”

An entirely different take from Sen. Norm Coleman’s campaign: "The actions today by the Canvassing Board are but the first step in what, unfortunately, will now have to be a longer process. This process isn’t at the end; it is now just at the beginning. We will contest the results of the Canvassing Board — otherwise, literally millions of Minnesotans will be disenfranchised," Coleman attorney Tony Trimble said in a statement e-mailed to reporters at just about the same time Reid was speaking.

Unsurprisingly, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., just stepped to the microphones to say "The Minnesota race is not over."

He went on to say, "I think it is safe to say that the election in Minnesota has not yet been determined."

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