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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ST. PAUL -- One of Minnesota's two governor hopefuls is in Washington, D.C., today, meeting with governors and White House officials, while representatives of the other are challenging ballots and thinking about challenging the election in court. Democrat Mark Dayton, holding his statewide recount lead of nearly 9,000 votes, is off to the annual Democratic Governors' Association meeting as he prepares to be governor.
ST. PAUL -- There is no doubt the election is over: Democrat Mark Dayton, Minnesota's governor elect, and Republican Tim Pawlenty, who holds the office until Jan.
ST. PAUL - Just 14 of Minnesota's 87 counties continued to recount governor race ballots this afternoon as the Mark Dayton camp claimed that he continued to gain votes. After saying the Democrat gained 177 votes on Monday, the first day of the statewide recount, today his recount team said he had a net gain of 205 votes over Republican Tom Emmer early in the afternoon.
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.
ST. PAUL -- More than two dozen of Minnesota's 87 counties had finished their portion of 2.1 million ballots in the governor's race by mid-afternoon today. The recount begin quietly and relatively few vote changes were evident. "Overall, they are going amazingly well," said Ken Martin, Democrat Mark Dayton's recount chief. Tables were set up in government buildings across the state today as the second major statewide recount in two years began.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota State Canvassing Board ordered a statewide recount in the governor's race Tuesday while trying to balance campaigns' rights to challenge local election decisions with limiting frivolous challenges. It was no surprise that the board ordered a recount in the governor's race, which Democrat Mark Dayton leads by 8,770 votes over Republican Tom Emmer. A recount of all 2.1 million ballots has been expected since shortly after the Nov.
ST. PAUL -- The state Supreme Court rejected a request Monday by Republican governor candidate Tom Emmer that could have led to some ballots not being counted. Without further comment, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea wrote that the court denied the Emmer request.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court late this afternoon rejected a request by Republican governor candidate Tom Emmer that could have led to some ballot being not counted. Without further comment, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea wrote that the court denied the Emmer request. While the arguments before the Supreme Court were mostly technical, they boiled down to whether election officials would be ordered to remove some ballots that already had been counted.
Update 4:30 p.m.
ST. PAUL -- A post-election battle for Minnesota votes cranked up Friday when Mark Dayton hired two recount legal experts and Tom Emmer's Supreme Court request met with opposition. While Democrat Dayton has supported a recount in his governor's race with Republican Tom Emmer, his campaign now is raising its defenses to fight an Emmer-Republican Party request that the Minnesota Supreme Court get involved.