Dayton's lead upheld through three days of recount
December 2nd, 2010
12:37 PM ET
10 years ago

Dayton's lead upheld through three days of recount

(CNN) - Only about 15 percent of the gubernatorial ballots remain uncounted in Minnesota and as the final five counties complete their re-counts, the November 2 winner appears headed for a December victory as well.

Democrat Mark Dayton has gained 17 votes over his November 2 total; Republican Tom Emmer has gained 14 votes. Dayton's 8,751 vote pre-recount lead over Emmer has been upheld through three days of hand recounts.

Although Emmer had held a lead through the first two days of the recount, Dayton took a more than 7,000 vote lead after many of the larger, more Democratic counties submitted their vote counts on Wednesday.

Keeping with the pace of the previous two days, Emmer's campaign challenged 82 votes on Wednesday, while Dayton's campaign challenged 20. The total number of challenged votes represent such a marginal percentage of the total votes that they likely will not have an impact on the outcome of the election.

The secretary of state's office on Thursday night will release a report detailing the number of frivolous challenges made by each campaign. Those challenged votes deemed frivolous by local election officials will not automatically be reviewed by the state canvassing board, but have separated from the unchallenged votes in case the board asks to review them.

The board will meet December 8-10 to determine the outcome of the election and will render its verdict on December 14.

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  1. GI Joe

    Repubians steal elections or cost the country to the high heavens trying to. Happens regularly since 2000.

    December 2, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. ART

    Now if you guys could only vote that retard Michelle Bauchman out

    December 2, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Chipster

    Does it really matter who wins? Democrats had a huge victory and a large enough majority in 2008 to pass a meaningful health care reform bill. All we got was a watered down version that fails to provide any real competition for the health insurance industry. Democrats negotiated away every opportunity to repeal DADT that is completely unconstitutional policy. There are still enough votes in the lame duck session to end DADT and end the huge tax cuts for the top 2% of Americans. Those huge revenue losses have done absolutely nothing to create jobs and Republicans, for all the whining about offsetting costs of legislation, have no intention of paying for continuing the bonuses for the wealthy. Democrats are ready to cave while Republicans threaten to block extremely critical legislation to protect the tax cuts for the wealthy! What good are Democrats if they refuse to defend Democratic principles. Give the people what they voted for - "mama grizzlies," bonuses for the wealthy, cuts in Medicare, repeal of health care reform, privatizing Social Security and the VA. Cut college tuition loans even more and cut unemployment. Cut, cut, cut...cut SCHIPS – those kids don't need the funds as much as the top earnings brackets! You've got a clear shot, GOP, give the people what they voted for.

    December 2, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Pretzel Logic

    Naturally, this needs to drag on for 8 months like the Franken/Coleman election because the Republican is behind. If he were ahead, there would be 200 paid Republican protesters banging on the doors to shut down the vote, just like in FL in 2000.

    December 2, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. LovesIrony

    LOSER- Man up and concede

    December 2, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    Both of these candidates have eyes that SMILE – which means they are genuine! However, the Democrat will win because he's been winning since the election ended!

    December 2, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Clwyd

    Get over it Party of No members and teabuggers! You can't win them all when you have people who dabbled in witchcraft, Paladino who wanted a law against gays, Angles who wanted to end soc. Sec. as it was a socialist plot and no millionaires or billionaires from California! I just love that fact the Murkowski will be waiting back in Alaska for sarah whenever she returns.

    December 2, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |