Dayton Wins!

By KBJR News 1

December 8, 2010 Updated Dec 8, 2010 at 6:25 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NorthlandsNewsCenter)--After more than a month, the state of Minnesota now has a new governor.

Today Mark Dayton officially won the state's gubernatorial seat, after republican challenger Tom Emmer conceded this morning.

Two years ago, it was Al Franken and Norm Coleman squaring off for a seat in the US senate, and this time around, it was a neck and neck race for governor.

After the votes were tallied on election night, Dayton had less than a 9,000 vote lead - less than one half of one percent of the total vote, which prompted the recount.

During the recount process, Emmer's camp challenged around 2,800 ballots that they said could not be clearly defined as a vote for Dayton.
A state canvassing board deemed those challenges 'frivolous.

And a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling yesterday stating that only a handful of ballots would be looked at was the final nail in the coffin of Tom Emmer's quest for governor.

Today in a subdued victory speech Governor Elect Mark Dayton saluted his opponents and state election officials.

"That in our democracy there can be a close election which is reexamined and recounted carefully yet then all accept its result so that our democracy can continue to function that is a profoundly important legacy of your campaign Representative Emmer."

Despite not knowing if he was actually going to be governor, Dayton has been interviewing possible candidates for cabinet posts.
Dayton will be sworn in January third... with the legislature convening the following day.