With Al Franken up just 50 votes in the Minnesota recount, congressional Republicans are worried the Democratic controlled Senate might try to seat Franken provisionally. Now, Republican Senator John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has threatened a filibuster if Democrats try to seat Franken before the Minnesota secretary of state and governor certify the election results.
Seating Franken before the election is certified would make him appear the presumptive winner and would make any challenges by Norm Coleman seem like an attempt to overturn the election. In reality, the vote tallies are too close for anyone to make assumptions until the 1000+ improperly rejected absentee ballots are tallied.
But Cornyn wonâ€™t likely have to live up to his threat. The new Congress is seated Tuesday and Democrats say they have no intention to seat Franken, even provisionally.
That means we could be weeks or even months away from knowing who will represent Minnesota in the Senate.
Update by Justin:
With the recount technically over, Franken leads by 225 votes.