Republican concedes governors race in Minnesota
December 8th, 2010
12:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Republican concedes governors race in Minnesota

(CNN) – Republican Tom Emmer conceded defeat in the Minnesota governor's race Wednesday to former Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton, bringing to a close the last yet-to-be decided gubernatorial race in the 2010 election.

"Minnesotans have made their choice, by however thin a margin, and we respect that choice," Emmer said in a press conference Wednesday.

"I do not believe a delay in the seating of the next governor will unite us or help us move the state forward," the former state Rep. added.

The concession comes after a statewide recount failed to significantly narrow the 9,000-vote divide between Emmers and Dayton. Emmers' final blow appeared to come earlier this week when the state Supreme Court foreclosed the possibility of an election lawsuit that would have delayed an official outcome for weeks.

Democrats were quick to herald the victory.

"Governor-Elect Mark Dayton will become the first Democrat in two decades to win the Minnesota governorship, and his victory is all the more impressive when you consider that he won in a tough climate," said Democratic Governors Association Chair Martin O'Malley in a statement.

The win for Democrats means Republicans will control 29 statehouses in 2011 while Democrats will hold 20. The 50th seat will be held by independent Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island.


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Gary

    Kind of a dumb mistake... The Republican conceded.

    December 8, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Thank you, Mr. Emmer for your integrity in not continuing a losing battle.

    Congratulations Governor Dayton.

    Goodbye forever, common sense conservative no new taxes (call them fees) TeaGoper wanna be, Pawlenty.

    December 8, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    The win for Democrats means Republicans will control 29 statehouses in 2011 while Democrats will hold 20. The 50th seat will be held by independent Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island.
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    And for this large lead in governorships I would like to officially thank Obozo, Reid and Pelosi. Without your insane policies over the last 2-4 years we couldn't have done it! I look forward to 2 more years of your continued insanity which should ensure 2012 will be the end of the Progressive DemocRATS. Keep up the good work!!!

    December 8, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    What? A Republcan saying he lost? And he didn't waste taxpayers money trying to get a judge to give it to him?

    How unique !

    December 8, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Name king

    Why these repugs have to keep fighting when they loose, the misguided people in america already given you power to doom us all what more do you want.

    December 8, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    One more to go – AK!!

    December 8, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |