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Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Thursday he wants both would-be governors to begin informal transitions to take over his job in light of a potential recount. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Pawlenty to stay as long as needed, but wants candidates ready to take office

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants his two would-be successors to informally begin the transition into the state's top spot, but he also promises to remain in office as long as needed.


If the Mark Dayton-Tom Emmer governor's race goes through a recount, and maybe a court challenge, there may not be a new governor in place when Pawlenty is supposed to leave office Jan. 3.

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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.