For GOP, Incentive To Have Coleman Hold Out Till The Bitter End

06/05/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • MANU RAJU & JOSH KRAUSHAAR Politico

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's shocking decision last week to become a Democrat has upped the ante in the never-ending Minnesota Senate race, providing a strong incentive for Republicans to hold out until every last appeal is exhausted.

With former Sen. Norm Coleman now standing between Democrats and their 60-seat supermajority, the GOP is prepared to back the Republican's appeal to the federal level if even a shred of doubt emerges in the case currently before the Minnesota Supreme Court.

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