Recount in Minnesota Gov. race
November 23rd, 2010
04:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Recount in Minnesota Gov. race

(CNN) - For the second straight time in a statewide election, there will be a recount in a major race in Minnesota.

The State Canvassing Board Tuesday formally cleared the way for a recount in the razor-thin Governor's race between Democratic Farmer Labor Party candidate Mark Dayton and Republican state lawmaker Tom Emmer.

Just 8,770 votes separate the two, with Dayton leading by less than one-half of one percent.

The recount will begin Monday. The Secretary of State's office says challenged ballots will be reviewed starting December 8th, with a target end date of December 14th.

In 2008, the Senate race went to a recount and legal challenges lasted nine months before Democratic Sen. Al Franken was declared the winner and was sworn in.


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  1. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    Oh don't worry I am sure a some corrupt union executives will find an old Chevy Impala with just enough ballots for the democrat in the trunk to swing the the election for them, like they did for Franken.

    November 23, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    The recount will begin Monday. The Secretary of State's office says challenged ballots will be reviewed starting December 8th, with a target end date of December 14th.

    Not sure where Emmer thinks he is going to pick up 8,7770 additional ballots, but once the GOPer lawyers get their hands on the ballots, his team will no doubt think of something equally time consuming and expensive. Meanwhile, Tim Pawlenty will have to cancel his commonsense Conservative Repuplican Tea Party presidential campaign, or not ... Pawlenty's been our *acting* President for nearly three years now.

    November 23, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. See Novak

    "Democratic Farmer Labor Party" = Proletariat

    November 23, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Jim from Va

    If it's like all the other recounts a mysterious amount of uncounted votes will show up and give someone a win that they would otherwise not have gotten.It's a tradition in Minnesota not to elect anyone that is in the mainstream.Just look at some of the people they've elected.

    November 23, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Randolph Carter, if you weren't busy listening to the rethugliclans you would have heard that the recession ended almost a year ago. But no, like most Americans you fell for the trap and think Obama is driving the country down when in FACT it's been improving the whole time. "

    I'm sure yuo're amused with yourself to no end, Fake Sniffit, but while you're technically correct that the economy is no longer "receding" economists opinions and the data, I never use that argument because it won't win any converts while everyone's still suffering and corporations are refusing to hire in order to punish us for wanting a better life. Obama may have stabilized the economy, and even though it's crazy unfair, leaders don't get credit for preventing things from getting worse...only for turning them around and making them palpably better...which is precisely why the GOP fought so hard to prevent the stimulus from being big enough to do anything but stop the bleeding. The economy's still staggering because it never received the transfusion it also needed.

    More to the point is questioning why we get to watch the DOW go back to the 10,000-11,000 range while no hiring gets done and yet still have to listen to imbecile ideologue talking-point-parrot conservatives claim that trickle-down economics is a reality (i.e., tax cuts for the rich, get rid of the coroparte tax, etc. etc.)...all while the rich consolidate, horde and play gambling games in the stock market and thru financial institutions and their derivatives and hedge funding that don't contribute anything of concrete value to the economy other than providing the rich and giant corporations somewhere to put their money other than employees' pockets...or their screaeching that Warren Buffet is somehow crazy for pointing out that there's not a shred of evidence that it has ever worked.

    November 23, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. michaelCO

    to awaitingmoderationby CNN
    Thats the american spirit we love to see. Someone claiming a wait for Moderation and then knocking the democratic process. I would guess the moderation your waiting for from CNN comes in the form of FOX news. You are just as much an idealog as many of the folks here.

    November 23, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    @awaitingmoderationby CNN

    BUT the Democrat is WINNING!!! Why would they find a Chevy with more votes for the Democrat when he is already WINNING??

    November 23, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. King

    Hey how the he'll fox entertainment news are not celebrating over there they picked up two new house seats, are they l parties out, I didn't even sea it in their headline news. What are you fox fear mongers up to now, you lied to us saying the economy only grew two percent now we are finding out that it was almost 3 percent, all the people are asking for is the truth fox. Not the truth that's watered down with lies.

    November 23, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. phoenix86

    Hopefully MN will do it right this time. Franken's election was a total fraud (now proven). Don't make that mistake again.

    November 23, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Looks like Minnesota just doesn't know whether it wants to choose a favorite party or not.

    November 23, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. George

    No comparison between Coleman and Franken, their vote count was only few hundred votes apart. Dayton is over 8000 votes ahead of Emmer. A recount is fine but the Republicans are using every legal trick in the book to obstruct the process. The Republican strategy is to delay the election results as long as possible. (6 – 12 mo.) and in that time an unelected Republican Governor (Pawlenty) and his new Republican legislature will ram through the Tea Party agenda.

    November 23, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. shannon

    Why can't Republicans just man up and admit they lost. As a Minnesotan, I'm tired of these corrupt big business puppets always trying to steal elections. We had a vote, Emmer lost, end of story, oh wait not for these guys, they always have to fnd a way to cheat.

    November 23, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. timz

    The margin between Coleman and Franken was "razor thin." The margin between Dayton and Emmer is not. At almost 8800 votes, no margin anywhere near that size has ever been overturned by a recount in Minnesota. A recount is required mandated by law and should be conduct fairly, accurately and expeditiously with a minimum of grandstanding and gamesmanship from either side.

    November 23, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |