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 FrankenPolitical world mourns loss of comedian Jerry Stiller Maher to Tara Reade on timing of sexual assault allegation: 'Why wait until Biden is our only hope?' Democrats begin to confront Biden allegations 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.