(CNN) – A report released Friday by Minnesota's secretary of state revealed that Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer "frivolously" challenged more than 80 times the number of ballots than his Democratic opponent, Mark Dayton.
According to the latest ballot counts, Dayton is leading Emmer by more than 10,000 votes. He held an 8,752-vote lead after the November 2 elections.
The report indicates that local officials deemed 35 of Dayton's ballot challenges "frivolous," which prevents them from being sent to the state canvassing board for further review. By comparison, 2,845 of Emmer's challenges were overruled.
Dayton's campaign withdrew their challenges for the 35 ballots that officials deemed frivolous, and a spokesperson said it was "disappointing" that Emmer's campaign challenged so many.
"It's a waste of time and taxpayer resources at a time when there's work of the people that needs to get done," Dayton spokeswoman Denise Cardinal told CNN. "Today Emmer himself said he didn't expect to win the recount, so it seems they're just delaying the seating of Mark Dayton."
Emmer issued a statement Friday bringing into question the issue of reconciliation–more ballots than voters–and playing down the results of the hand recount.
"We have called into question a number of issues that have yet to be completely adjudicated," Emmer said. "The question of the number of legal voters matching the number of ballots casted has yet to answered."
"It has never been our contention that the hand recount would dramatically change the course of this election," he added.
Emmer also said that he not currently planning on contesting the results of the recount.
The state canvassing board will meet late next week to review the challenged ballots not deemed frivolous and issue the results of the recount.