Emmer Team Withdraws 2,580 Frivolous Challenges

Eric Magnuson talks to the press

During this past week’s recount, workers for Republican Tom Emmer’s Gubernatorial campaign challenged more than 2,600 ballots in Hennepin County alone. Election officials ruled that 2,604 of those challenges were frivolous.

Today after reviewing the ballots, Emmer’s legal team agreed…with the exception of 24 ballots which will still be withheld from the State Canvassing Board unless they are requested.

Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson who is representing Emmer in the recount says that when the votes are all counted, he “would be surprised” if Emmer wasn’t behind.

“The recount is over” said Charlie Nauen, a lawyer for Democratic candidate for Governor Mark Dayton. “The numbers speak for themselves”. Nauen said Dayton will have “substantial” lead when the vote is certified on December 14th. Dayton entered the recount leading by 8,770 votes. According to the Dayton team which has been tracking the votes before they are challenged, Dayton’s lead has grown to more than 9,000 votes.

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