November 9th, 2010
07:06 PM ET
12 years ago

Emmer will pursue recount in Minnesota gubernatorial race

(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.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Death Panel Sarah

    I guess Emmer didn't buy quite enough votes!!!

    November 9, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. GAF

    Emmer and Dayton for that matter have no choice but to "move forward" with a recount. State law says a recount is required unless a final canvass somehow extends the point spread past 0.5%. I don't believe that Emmer can win the recount but he should not concede the race at this point, either. It's his right to see the process through and his responsibility to his supporters to do so. Even though I voted for Dayton, I think Emmer is doing the right thing.

    November 9, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I know losing is hard but Emmer you LOST, get over it.

    November 9, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. shannon

    Of course he will, Republicans can never just lose gracefully. As a Minnesotan, I say to Tom Emmer, man up, do the right thing, and just go away.

    November 9, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. Chad

    Hope Mark Dayton wins!

    November 9, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |