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Downballot: What does Norm do?

"The Minnesota Senate race is headed for a decision, as is Norm Coleman," the Star Trib writes. "Tuesday's ruling by a three-judge panel that limits its election review to about 400 additional ballots is provoking a fresh debate among political analysts and leaders in both parties: How should the Minnesota Republican, now down 225 votes, weigh the likelihood of prevailing on appeal against the potential political costs of dragging out the contest against Democrat Al Franken?"

"'So far Minnesotans are being stoic,' said Kay Wolsborn, a political scientist at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn. 'They're fans of good process, and they understand that the courts take a while.' But, Wolsborn added, 'at every stage there are a few more eyebrows up and eyes rolling.'"

Meanwhile, per Roll Call: "Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) shifted his guns Wednesday in the ongoing battle over Minnesota's vacant Senate seat, redirecting his fire from the GOP candidate challenging the recount to National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas). 'It's not fair to the people of Minnesota to be represented by only one Senator,' [Reid spokesman Jim] Manley said. 'And, it's about time a Senator from Texas stop telling the people of Minnesota what's best for them. Enough is enough.'"