MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Al Franken, a comedian and former liberal radio talk show host, won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday to run for a U.S. Senate seat from Minnesota.
In the November election, he will face incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and the Independence Party's Dean Barkley, who also won their nominating contests, according to returns from the state's primary election.
Franken, who once starred on the late-night sketch comedy program "Saturday Night Live," outran six opponents, taking 66 percent of the vote, with more than half the returns counted.
And if you aren't lucky enough to live in Minnesota (come on, say it right -- Minn-ee-sewwwww-tah), I'd recommend the following reading. Enjoy!
• I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!: Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley (Dell Books, 1992)
• Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations (Delacorte Press, 1996)
• Why Not Me? (Delacorte Press, 1999) a parody-journal of the fictional “Franken campaign” for President
• Oh, the Things I Know! A Guide to Success, or Failing That, Happiness (Plume Books, 2003)
• Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right (Dutton Books, 2003) -- particularly fine reading if you'd like to chop off Ann Coulter's head, using Bill O'Reilly as the ax.
• The Truth (with jokes) (Dutton Books, 2005)