Comedian-turned-politician Al Franken has been declared the winner of an eight-month long U.S. senate race.
Franken ran for the Minnesota Senate on 4 November (08) - the same night Barack Obama was named the new President - but a recount was needed to separate him from Republican rival Norm Coleman.
Franken won after the recount, but a series of appeals delayed the result for a staggering eight months.
On Tuesday (30Jun09) the former Saturday Night Live star was declared the victor by the Minnesota Senate.