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The Minnesota Senate Race Is Over -- Coleman Has Conceded Defeat To Franken

And keep in mind that Coleman's Senate term expired in early January. This seat has been vacant for six months, due to two things. First, a quirk of Minnesota law prevents the certification of a winner in a contested race until the state litigation is over. Second, Senate Republicans declared that they would block any attempts to seat Franken without the full documentation -- indeed, they leveraged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) attempts to block Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL) from being seated, due to having a certificate of appointment that wasn't fully signed.

The national Republican Party pumped a lot of money into support Norm's fight, with a lot of people starting to suspect that this was motivated at least in part by delaying the Democrats from getting a seat. For example, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has said it could take "years" to resolve this.

But now it's over. Really and truly over. Sen.-Elect Franken is expected to be sworn in early next week, taking the seat once held by the late Sen. Paul Wellstone -- a staunch progressive and close personal friend of Al's, whose death in 2002 plane crash clearly had a profound effect on the comedian, and spurred him to get seriously involved in politics, and to travel down the road that led us here.

Late Update: Here's the video: