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Coleman drops out of NRSC race

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Sen. Norm Coleman dropped out of the race for National Republican Senatorial Commitee chairman, according to Roll Call.

Coleman called Sen. John Cornyn of Texas this afternoon and told him he was dropping out to focus on the Senate race recount in Minnesota against Al Franken.

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Cornyn's Senate office also confirmed the phone call, and released a statement from the Senator.

"Norm is one of the hardest working and well-liked members of the Republican Conference," Cornyn said. "I sincerely appreciate his support. He has been a tireless advocate for his constituents in Minnesota and I will continue to do whatever I can to help ensure his return to the Senate next year."

Roll Call sources say Coleman had enough votes to win the position. Senate Republican Conference leadership elections are next week.