Dêjá Vu! Minnesota Begins Recount

It's getting to be a tradition
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 29, 2010 8:45 AM CST

(Newser) – Minnesota hit the reset button today in another close election as workers began the tedious task of reviewing more than 2.1 million ballots in the governor's race—one at a time and under the watchful gaze of lawyers for Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer. The recount follows on the heels 2008's Al Franken/Norm Coleman standoff. All sides say they're eager to button up this election sooner than that debacle, but given the stakes, no one is taking the recount lightly.

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Dayton hopes the recount validates a nearly 8,800-vote lead he had coming in, giving his party the governor's office for the first time in two decades. A come-from-behind Emmer win would give Republicans complete control of the Statehouse after the GOP won control of both legislative chambers in this month's election. The taxpayer-funded recount is automatic because Dayton's lead is within a half-percentage point. If all goes as planned, a winner could be certified by Dec. 14, although litigation could follow. (Read more Minnesota stories.)

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