Comedian Al Franken has officially won his marathon race for the U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota - but his opponent has already vowed to challenge the results.
The former Saturday Night Live star has been deadlocked with his political opponent, Republican Senator Norm Coleman, for nearly two months after votes from the November (08) election were recounted.
But the state's Canvassing Board certified on Monday (05Jan09) that the Democrat funnyman had won the race by 225 votes - out of nearly three million cast.
Speaking to reporters outside his Minneapolis, Minnesota home, the star said he was "humbled" to be elected.
Franken's battle with his rival is expected to continue, however, after Coleman's legal aides announced plans to file a lawsuit disputing the results within 24 hours, calling the data "invalid and unreliable".