(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.