MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democrat Mark Dayton says he’s not declaring victory in the Minnesota governor’s race.

Dayton holds a 9,000-vote lead over Republican Tom Emmer, but the race appears headed for an automatic recount. Dayton says that’s appropriate to confirm the will of voters.

But Dayton also says his team’s research hasn’t found any recount in Minnesota politics that overturned a margin as large as his.

GOP Chairman Tony Sutton declared Wednesday that Republicans wouldn’t be “out-lawyered” during the recount process, and appeared with an attorney at a Capitol news conference.

Dayton said his campaign has begun discussions with an attorney, but the race isn’t a legal matter right now.

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