Democrat Al Franken won Minnesota’s disputed U.S. Senate seat as a loss at the state Supreme Court prompted Republican Norm Coleman to concede after an eight-month post-election battle.
“I congratulate Al Franken” on his victory, Coleman, 59, said at a news conference outside his home in St. Paul. “We’ve reached a point where it’s now time to come together.”
Democrats will now control the Senate 60-40 as it works to overhaul health care, limit greenhouse-gas emissions and revamp financial regulations. The party needs 60 votes to overcome Republican delaying tactics on legislation. The Minnesota seat has remained vacant since January.
“I look forward to working with Senator-Elect Franken to build a new foundation for growth and prosperity,” President Barack Obama said in a statement released by the White House. Franken, 58, plans a news conference later this afternoon at his home in Minneapolis.