(CNN) - Republican Tom Emmer said he plans to move forward with a vote recount in the undecided Minnesota gubernatorial race.
Emmer trails Democrat Mark Dayton by just over 8,700 votes, but says he intends to "see the process through."
"The Minnesota voters have spoken, we just don't know what they've said yet," Emmer told reporters at a news conference in St. Paul on Tuesday. "There is a process in place that is moving forward, and we should know shortly what the outcome is. At least we're hopeful for that."
The state Canvassing Board will meet on November 23 to examine the final vote tallies. It will then determine if a hand recount is required. Minnesota law calls for a vote recount if the results fall within one half of one percentage point.
A recount is expected to take up to two months, but a potential legal battle could push the race into next year - a process with which Minnesotans are all too familiar.
The state's 2008 Senate race between Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken turned into a nine months-long court battle after the Election Day result failed to yield a clear winner. The Minnesota Supreme Court ultimately decided in favor of Franken.