Norm Coleman: ‘I do believe’ I beat Al Franken in 2008
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Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) still believes he should have been declared the winner in his 2008 Senate race against former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenGillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump AG pick Barr grilled at hearing | Judge rules against census citizenship question | McConnell blocks second House bill to reopen government Overnight Health Care: House Dems launch major drug pricing investigation | Judge blocks Trump contraception rule rollback | Booker tries to shake doubts about pharmaceutical ties ahead of 2020 | FDA to resume high-risk food inspections MORE (D-Minn.) — a race Franken ultimately won by a few hundred votes.

"I do, I do believe. Do I believe there were more votes for Coleman than there were Franken? I do," Coleman told Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP-TV on Wednesday.


Franken, who resigned from the Senate last year after sexual misconduct allegations were levied against him, took office in 2009 after the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled him the winner of the 2008 Senate race.

Franken won that race by 329 votes out of almost 3 million that were cast, according to Politico.

But in his interview with KSTP-TV, Coleman maintained that he won the vote because he led after the night of the election, before recounts and legal challenges took place.

"In November, when the machines were certified, I won the count on the votes that were counted that night," Coleman said.

Coleman ultimately conceded the race to Franken following the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling. He said Wednesday that, despite believing he should have been elected, he isn't upset about the result.

"For me, I was glad when it was over, and really as I look back, I have no regrets about being where I am today versus where I would be if there were a different outcome," Coleman said.