NASHVILLE — Obamacare’s harsh effects throughout all of Tennessee apparently failed to persuade state Attorney General Bob Cooper  to join 27 other states in fighting the law in court.

As most observers of this summer’s Tennessee Supreme Court retention election already know, there’s a chance his decision might cost justices Gary Wade, Connie Clark and Sharon Lee, all Democrats, a retention election Aug. 7.

Tennessee voters do not elect Cooper to his position. Instead, by state law, the state Supreme Court appointed Cooper, also a Democrat, to an eight-year term scheduled to end this year.