Monthly Archives: November 2010

Nightly Number Crunch-Dayton Lead Grows

Mark Dayton

With about 70 percent of the vote recounted, Mark Dayton continues to widen his lead in the recount of Minnesota’s Gubernatorial election.  The Secretary of State’s website shows Tom Emmer has lost one vote in the recount so far and Dayton has gained 28.  However, Dayton has likely picked up hundreds of votes more since challenged ballots are not included in that total.  Emmer’s campaign has challenged 597 ballots and Dayton has challenged 143 ballots. While some of those ballots may not be awarded to either candidate, if you assume that the ballots challenged by Emmer were really votes for Dayton and vice versa Dayton has picked up 625 votes to Emmer’s 142 votes or a net gain of 483 votes for Dayton.  That means Dayton’s lead could be as much as 9,253. Missing from the Secretary of State’s report are updated totals for Wabasha County which should have finished counting today. Most of the counties in Minnesota have finished the recount.   Only nine counties will be recounting ballots on Wednesday. They are Anoka, Carlton (which has 1 precinct left to count), Dakota, Hennepin, Polk, St. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake: Turkey, Stuffing and A Recount for Thanksgiving


The Minnesota State Canvassing Board met for a marathon session yesterday at the State Office Building in St. Paul, and the day featured intellectual fistfights over complex legal matters between Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson and attorneys Eric Magnuson and Marc Elias. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake: Cleared for Recount, Canvassing Board Meets

Recount Central

The Minnesota Supreme Court yesterday afternoon denied Tom Emmer and the Republican Party’s petition to delay the start of the gubernatorial recount, following legal hearings during which Emmer’s and Democrat Mark Dayton’s attorneys sparred over the question of whether vote totals must be reconciled with the number of signatures on voter logs. Continue Reading →

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