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Six days after the election, no winner has been declared in the race for governor of Minnesota, even though the Democratic candidate, Mark Dayton, was leading his Republican opponent, Tom Emmer, by 8,751 votes on Monday.

Under Minnesota law, an automatic recount must be conducted at public expense if the margin of victory is less than a half of one percentage point, or in this case about 10,500 votes, according to The Associated Press. But a trailing candidate can choose to waive the recount. About 2.1 million ballots were cast in the election.

Emmer's attorney, Tony Trimble, was asked Monday if the candidate was giving any thought to waiving the recount. "None whatsoever," was Trimble's reply.

As if to underscore that point, Emmer had a private 45-minute meeting on Monday with the outgoing Republican governor, Tim Pawlenty, to discuss a possible transition. Dayton, who announced the members of his transition team on Monday, has a similar meeting with Pawlenty scheduled for Tuesday.

A recount of 2.1 million ballots is scheduled to be completed by by mid-December, the AP said. But even then a candidate can sue to contest the election, delaying the outcome for weeks or months. That could open the possibility of Pawlenty, who has hinted at presidential aspirations, staying in office beyond the end of his term.

Minnesota is no stranger to post-Election Day disputes over results. In 2008, the senatorial race between Al Franken, a Democrat, and Norm Coleman, an incumbent Republican, went to a recount with stops in the courts. Franken was ultimately declared the winner two months after the election.



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ssgoodluck

Preemptive strike opportunity missed, strangle roots of voter fraud that are as far reaching as the White House.

November 09 2010 at 11:03 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Ann

Why can't Republicans know they have loss and be gracious. Coleman at the beginning before the recount thought he had won. He insisted that Franken give in and that it would cost MN too much to go forward with a recount. Then, there was a small difference with Al Franken in the lead. Coleman pushed it rediculously forward. The cost was high for MN, but Coleman pushed it anyway. When he was on the loosing side, he didn't care that it cost MN. He lost. Thank God. Dayton should win. We need him. No more Pawlenty and his clone, Emmer.

November 08 2010 at 11:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Rev. Tom Wenndt

I know that facts usually upset biases. But in the case of the Coleman/Franken recount, once it became clear that the difference in the election of Franken came down to ballots of convicted felons being accepted as legitimate votes, well it kind of guts this argument. I would suspect that a recount would not overturn the result here. But state law is state law, and either candidate is allowed to use it. Minnesota will have a new governor soon enough. But all the recounts in the world won't change the reality that there is a new party in charge of both state houses in Minnesota. I wonder how that settles with these biases?

November 09 2010 at 1:19 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
christierandall

it is obvious the dem won...Emmer needs to give it up..."the people have spoken" right? isn't that what you repubs always say

November 08 2010 at 10:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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