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FILE In this July 1, 2010 file photo, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher smiles during a debate in St. Paul, Minn. Anderson Kelliher is one of three Democrats who will be running in an Aug. 10 primary to elect a Democratic nominee. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

AP: Dayton edges ahead of Kelliher in Minn gov primary, recount eyed in tight race

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Update 11:58 p.m.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mark Dayton has pulled ahead of Margaret Anderson Kelliher in the race for Minnesota's Democratic nomination for governor with most of the vote in.

Dayton, a former U.S. senator, trailed in early returns Tuesday but surged in the Democratic stronghold of northeastern Minnesota. He led Kelliher, the state House speaker, by less than a half-percentage point with about 91 percent of the vote counted.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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