EDITORIAL - A race too long: Coleman thumbs his nose at Minnesotans

Written by Susan Mannella on .

It's time for Norm Coleman to concede. A three-judge panel has ruled that the former Republican U.S. senator from Minnesota lost last November's election to Democrat Al Franken fair and square, if only by 312 votes.

Minnesota has been denied full representation in Washington while Mr. Coleman continues his legal campaign for the seat. Problem is, the challenge he has kept alive against Mr. Franken has put more votes in the column of the former "Saturday Night Live" star.

Having lost a recount of the 2.9 million ballots, Mr. Coleman sued under a state law that merely required a three-judge panel to determine who got the most votes. The bipartisan panel declared Mr. Franken the winner, saying the evidence showed the election was fair, impartial and accurate and that there was no indication of a "systematic problem of disenfranchisement in the state's election system, including in its absentee-balloting procedures."

By most measures, that would end the dispute, but Mr. Coleman's lawyers are taking his fight to the Minnesota Supreme Court, despite a poll by the Star Tribune in Minneapolis that showed 64 percent of those surveyed want the Republican to call it a day.

That amounts to thumbing his nose at weary Minnesotans, eager for their requisite representation of two U.S. senators. Even some Republican newspapers are urging Mr. Coleman to give it up. We have to agree.


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