Minnesota Senate Decision Today? Rumors Are Flying

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Politics in Minnesota, the excellent political Web site covering the Gopher State, has now "heard from two sources" that the Minnesota Supreme Court may announce its decision TODAY on the stalemated Norm Coleman-Al Franken Senate race. PIM says an announcement today is "likely to happen."

The timing is less than certain. PIM says the ruling could arrive any time between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central.

The state court is hearing an appeal by Coleman, the one-time Republican incumbent whose argument that absentee ballots that could have given him a second term were wrongly rejected was turned down by a three-judge panel. The way things stand now, Coleman trails Democrat Franken by 312 votes. The expectation from the beginning was that the full court would verify the panel's decision.

What happens next is anyone's guess. Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has said that if the court rules he should certify Franken as the winner, he will do so. Some Republicans, like RNC chair Michael Steele, have suggested that Coleman, in the event of an unfavorable ruling, should fight the decision in the federal courts. My gut is telling me that if the court rules against Coleman, he may very well take a day or two and then concede the election.

More to come.

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