Recount ordered in Minn. governor’s race

Published 1:53 pm Tuesday, November 23, 2010

ST. PAUL — A Minnesota board has given the green light for a recount in the state’s undecided governor’s race.

The five-member canvassing board certified election totals that show Democrat Mark Dayton with an 8,770-vote lead over Republican Tom Emmer. That margin is within the half-percentage point margin that calls for an automatic recount under state law.

The recount is scheduled to begin Monday and finish by mid-December. The new governor is to take office Jan. 3, but that could be delayed if either side files a legal challenge to the recount result.

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