From NBC's Mark Murray and Chuck Todd
Is the never-ending recount in Minnesota over? It very well might be.
Moments ago, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Al Franken beat Norm Coleman in that contested race. "[W]e affirm the decision of the trial court that Al Franken received the highest number of votes legally cast and is entitled under Minn.
32 Stat. § 204C.40 (2008) to receive the certificate of election as United States Senator from the State of Minnesota."
Video: The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that Democrat Al Franken be certified as the winner of the state's long-running Senate race.
That would give Democrats their filibuster-proof 60 votes in the Senate (although getting ill Democrats like Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd to vote on legislation will be a challenge).
There are two things to watch. One, will Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) certify Franken the winner? Pawlenty has said he'll do so if the Minnesota Supreme Court orders him. (Question: Is the court saying Franken is "entitled" an order?) Two, will Coleman take his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court?
By the way, Franken is holding a press conference at 5:15 pm ET.