From NBC's Mark Murray
Is the ongoing Minnesota recount, and also perhaps the Republican Party's woes, taking a toll on GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty?
A new Minneapolis Star Tribune poll shows his approval rating below 50% and at an all-time low for him in the survey. Overall, 48% approve of his job versus 36% who disapprove. Back in September 2008, when he was floated as a serious veep possibility, his approval rating was at 54%.
Pawlenty is up for re-election in 2010, although he hasn't said yet if he will run for a third term. He's also considered a presidential possibility in 2012.
In the ongoing Franken-Coleman recount, Pawlenty has said he won't certify a winner until the appeals process has been exhausted, and he's been vague whether that would also include a possible appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.