Emmer Challenges “Beyond Frivolous” Says Dayton Campaign

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Mark Dayton continues to widen his lead in the recount of the Minnesota Governor’s race. Both the Secretary of State and the Dayton campaign show that Dayton is picking up more votes than Tom Emmer. Dayton Recount Director Ken Martin says as of 1:30 PM today Dayton had increased his lead by 205 votes. Unlike the Secretary of State count, the Dayton campaign’s campaign’s total is based on the “call at the table” by an election judge before any challenges. In the 2008 recount, the “call at the table” proved to be the most accurate predictor of the final total once the State Canvassing Board dealt with ballot challenges.
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Only 14 counties are still counting.

These numbers are from the Dayton campaign and are as of 1:30 PM Tuesday:

Total counted so far: 3200 precincts of the 4,136 total (77%). These precincts represent more than 59% of the total vote in the Governor’s race. All but 14 counties have completed counting. The 14 counties still counting are:
Anoka, Carlton, Dakota, Hennepin, Polk, Ramsey, Rice, St. Louis, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Wabasha, Washington and Wright.

The latest vote estimate is that Dayton has gained a net of 205 votes. Dayton has gained 271 total votes while Emmer has gained 66 votes. Dayton’s lead has expanded from 8,770 votes to 8,975 votes.

The challenge page is similar to yesterday. There have been 624 valid challenges (112 Dayton/512 Emmer). There have been 1,261 frivolous challenges (33 Dayton, 1,228 Emmer). The Emmer campaign has accounted for 97.4% of the frivolous challenges and 92.3% of all challenges. While Renville County and its 422 Emmer frivolous challenges had finished counting, the bulk of the frivolous challenges today are coming from Hennepin. There have been a total of 642 frivolous challenges from Hennepin, 628 from the Emmer campaign and 14 from the Dayton campaign.

Michael McIntee

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