Pawlenty prepared to stay on as governor

Published 11:43 am Wednesday, November 3, 2010

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he is prepared to extend his term as governor if a recount in the race to replace him drags into the new year.

The two-term Republican told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he won’t resign or otherwise step away from his post until a successor is known.

Pawlenty says that “any of my personal plans or concerns are secondary” to fulfilling his constitutional obligation to remain governor while the process plays out.

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Pawlenty was due to leave office in early January and will release a book soon after. He has said he’ll decide on a possible presidential run by March.

As it stood Wednesday morning, Democrat Mark Dayton’s unofficial lead over Republican Tom Emmer was within the bounds of a mandatory statewide recount.