ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Five counties have work left in the Minnesota governor’s race recount.

Results posted Wednesday by the Minnesota secretary of state showed both Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer gaining votes compared with the Nov. 2 count for the same precincts.

Dayton, who led coming in, picked up 17 extra votes. Emmer had 14 additional votes.

The picture could be much worse for Emmer because his team has challenged hundreds more ballots than Dayton’s volunteers. Challenges tend to temporarily suppress the vote total of the other candidate.

In all, Emmer has amassed 679 challenges to Dayton’s 163. That doesn’t count attempted challenges deemed frivolous by local officials.

All told, almost 84 percent of ballots have been recounted. Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and St. Louis counties are still working.

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Comments (8)
  1. MH says:

    Emmer: Concede already. YOU LOST

  2. M Er says:

    Emmer needs to just concede and stop this.
    He is not going to win and so he needs to let Dayton assume the transition.

    Where’s the MN Nice, Tom??

  3. RL says:

    Dayton sucks and needs to resign, what is wrong with Minnesotians?

  4. Patrick says:

    Emmer will never make up the 8800 votes and he knows it. After the recount if he will not concede then we will know the MN GOP is trying to drag this out to give Pawlenty a shot at working with the incoming republican house and senate while they tie it up in the courts. No Minnesotan no matter what party they support should stand for such a sick and manipulative attempt at subverting voter will. If the Dems were doing that the public would storm the capital. I expect the same if tricky Tom and Tim try pulling a fast one after the recount. I’ll personally lead the march.

  5. dennis says:

    There is no such thing as Minnesota nice. Just get on any road in the metro area and you will see what I mean/

  6. D says:

    Patrick is right. If they drag this into court it will be such a blatant attempt at control. Using the system in such a morally wrong way. Right in front of our eyes, whats up with that? Shame on them for not listening to the people and for being such poor losers.

  7. PRESTON LEE says:

    Tom Emmer just need to let the winner Mark Dayton step up and start working because MN already vote for who we trust and believe in, working for our class and state… Stop trying to waste taxpayers time and money, this will not work for you Tom Emmer….

  8. James says:

    Emmer and the GOP are dragging this out on purpose. By delaying this Palenty can destroy the state with the help of the new Republican control of the House and Senate. What great moral people they are. I wish I could be great Christians like them, but I guess I’m just Hell bound.

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