Franken wins Minn. Dems Senate endorsement

June 7, 2008 1:34:03 PM PDT
Al Franken has won a resounding endorsement for U.S. Senate from Democratic activists at the Minnesota state convention. The former "Saturday Night Live" writer and performer beat college professor Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on the first ballot Saturday. Franken had just given a speech to delegates apologizing for past jokes that offended some fellow Democrats.

Nelson-Pallmeyer conceded the endorsement to Franken and moved that Democrats unanimously back Franken. They did so by voice vote.

Republican Sen. Norm Coleman has his party's endorsement for re-election.