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Today’s UpTake: All Recount Eyes on Hennepin

Tom Emmer’s team increased their challenging of ballots in Hennepin County yesterday, so much that Plymouth, Minn. clerk Sandy Engdahl got into a heated argument with Emmer attorney Tony Trimble over whether the trailing team had a quota of challenges to file per precinct. And now GOP chair Tony Sutton has fueled rumors that the Republicans will file a post-recount lawsuit.

How Obama Helped Dayton

Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton’s (Democratic-Farm-Labor) recount director Ken Martin spoke to The UpTake about what President Obama’s October visit to Minneapolis on behalf of Dayton meant to the campaign — and how it suggested a tight race, despite certain polls showing Dayton with a nine percentage point lead at the time.

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Nightly Number Crunch-Dayton Lead Grows

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.

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Few votes changing in Ramsey County

With the UpTake live streaming the Minnesota gubernatorial recount and heavy media coverage in the Twin Cities and statewide, this recount is being closely watched. So the real news is not votes changing for Tom Emmer, but how well this recount is fairing.