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Dayton numbers edge up as recount nears end

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ST. PAUL -- More than 84 percent of the 2.1 million Minnesota governor race ballots have been counted a second time, with Democrat Mark Dayton maintaining a lead far bigger than any Minnesota recount ever has overturned.

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Short of a major surprise, Republican Tom Emmer cannot find enough recounted votes to overtake the 8,773-vote Dayton lead, three more than he had heading into the recount. Emmer's next major step could be a court challenge in the last half of December.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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