Coleman Still Has a Chance: Minn. Governor

Pawlenty warns Senate that GOP will fight seating of Franken
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2009 1:11 PM CST
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, left, talks to Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, right, during the 2009 National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
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(Newser) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants his constituents—and Democratic senators—to know that Franken-Coleman race isn't over, the Hill reports. The Republican governor stresses that "to be able to guess how it's going to come out is challenging," due to legal intricacies, and he promises woe to the Senate should it try to seat Al Franken prematurely.

Pawlenty grants that it is "unfortunate" that his state will have only one senator for the foreseeable future, "but it's also really important that we get the right result. We have an election that everybody can say was fully and fairly reviewed." Franken has a slim 225-vote advantage out of 2.8 million ballots cast.