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Coleman testing support inside committee

Norm Coleman would like to run for chairman of the Republican National Committee now that it is becoming clearer Michael Steele probably will not seek another term, but it's not a done deal, according to a source close to the former Minnesota senator.

"He wants to run," the source said, "but is getting more support outside the RNC than inside. If he gets significant signs of inside support he'll run."

As we noted in First Thoughts: Right now, here’s your field: Michigan committeeman Saul Anuzis, former Bush administration official Maria Cino, Wisconsin GOP chairman Reince Priebus, former RNC political director Gentry Collins, and former Missouri GOP chair Ann Wagner. Then again, as some Republicans have pointed out, didn't the 2010 cycle prove that the RNC is irrelevant?