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Dayton Taps Franken Recount Veterans In Minn. Race

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ST. PAUL (AP) – Democrat Mark Dayton has tapped two veterans of Sen. Al Franken’s 2008 recount as he prepares for a recount in the governor’s race.

His unofficial lead over Republican Tom Emmer is small enough that the race could be headed for an automatic recount.

Dayton said Thursday that his chief counsel will be Charlie Nauen, who represented Franken in St. Louis County. Also on the team is former U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug, who also represented Franken.

Two political movers also joined the effort.

The team’s director is Ken Martin, who headed a pro-Democratic political fund that raised money to help Dayton’s bid for governor. Denise Cardinal will lead communications while on leave from the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, a group that ran ads attacking Emmer.

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