What a relief: Norm Coleman isn't likely to continue the fight for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat if he loses his appeal to the state Supreme Court, a source told Roll Call today.
But National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn says Republicans will support a continued fight if Coleman chooses to pursue it. We figured as much.
More from Roll Call:
Sources close to Coleman say the former Senator would likely give up his legal battle and accept defeat if the Minnesota Supreme Court decides in Franken's favor. That's because Coleman anticipates that Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) would ultimately sign Franken's certification papers.
Coleman is said to view his case as a matter of fairness based on Minnesota election law, which is expansive. The Republican is said to believe so strongly that he is in the right -- and that the results so far have resulted in the disenfranchisement of millions of Minnesota voters -- that he was willing to risk his political standing over the long term in order to see it through.
"He will be done" if he loses at the state Supreme Court, one Republican predicted.