Just after 2 AM, the DFL turned the lights out and sent the party home, hopeful but not positive that Mark Dayton was going to be the next Governor of Minnesota. Dayton had about a 15,000 vote lead over Republican Tom Emmer with 94% of the vote counted. Independent Party Tom Horner conceded early in the evening, drawing only 12% of the vote. Dayton told the crowd at the DFL victory party that he was “cautiously optimistic” about winning since the trends were going his way. Shortly after Dayton addressed the crowd, DFL party Chair Brian Melendez told them to go home.