Minnesotans want Coleman to concede, Franken seated

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A poll reveals Minnesotans, by and large, want Republican Norm Coleman to concede the state’s U.S. Senate race to Democrat Al Franken.

Public Policy Polling said its survey (.pdf) indicated 63 percent say Coleman should call it a day rather than continue to fight in court, USA Today reported. That percentage includes “almost all of Franken and (independent candidate) Dean Barkley’s supporters, as well as a third of respondents who voted for Coleman last fall,” the polling organization said.

Fifty-nine percent said Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, should certify Franken the winner and he should be seated immediately.

A three-judge panel has voted that Franken won by 312 votes out of nearly 3 million cast.

When the next gubernatorial election comes around, I’ve suggested that Minnesotans should remember that Pawlenty’s loyalty to Republican ideology trumped his responsibility to provide representation in the Senate for his state. Maybe, he’ll take a look at the sentiments of the citizens of the state – and relent.

Or maybe he’ll have to get an honest job after the next election cycle.