Dayton makes tiny gains in first day of Minnesota recount
November 30th, 2010
12:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Dayton makes tiny gains in first day of Minnesota recount

(CNN) - After one day of counting ballots in Minnesota, the gubernatorial race is widening. Barely.

Republican Tom Emmer has lost four votes while Democrat Mark Dayton has gained 20. Dayton led Emmer by nearly 9,000 votes before the recount began.

The state's attempts to control frivolous vote challenges appear to be successful thus far-on Monday, Dayton's campaign challenged 86 votes, or one one-hundredth of one percent of those counted; Emmer's campaign challenged 281 votes, or three one-hundredths of a percent. Local election officials have been empowered to overrule challenges if they feel the action is not in good faith or warranted. A report detailing the number of overruled challenges will be released Thursday night.

Nearly 45 percent of the 2.1 million ballots cast have been re-counted, as 54 of the state's 87 counties completed their counting.

The secretary of state's press secretary said local election officials have made "terrific progress."

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  1. Rickster

    Gee, what a surprise, democrats are gaining on the recount. Does it ever go the other way? What are the odds that every single time there is a recount of votes in a close election, the democrats gain? Lie, cheat and steal....that's the democrat party way.

    November 30, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia


    The Democrat was WINNING by over 8,000 votes BEFORE the count!!!! What makes you think we have to CHEAT and STEAL to win??? That happened in the year 2000 in Florida – Remember? A RepubliCAN'T pulled that off by CHEATING and STEALING!!

    November 30, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Brandon

    Ummmmm, dude... need you be reminded of the 2000 presidential election?

    November 30, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |