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About 100 volunteers and paid staff, including a team of attorneys, work Monday at Mark Dayton's recount headquarters in east St. Paul. They took calls from around the state to offer advice and take information during the governor's recount. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Dayton's lead grows

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ST. PAUL -- Recount 2010 started quietly Monday, with one exception, as Mark Dayton picked up a mere 24 votes in the Minnesota governor race.

The Democrat extended his lead over Republican Tom Emmer to 8,794 votes out of 2.1 million ballots cast. Dayton picked up 20 votes while Emmer lost four as 44.7 percent of Nov. 2's votes were recounted Monday.

The statewide recount will last several days, but nearly 60 of the 87 counties wrapped up their work in a single day.

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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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