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2010 Governor's Race

Nov 3, 2010

Prelude to a recount

Mark Dayton became the first DFL governor-elect in 24 years under the unlikeliest of circumstances on Tuesday night, beating Republican Tom Emmer by a final margin of fewer than 10,000 votes out of more than 2 million cast. The exceedingly slim margin - less than half of one percent - will trigger an automatic recount.

Nov 3, 2010

Emmer and Dayton close, recount looms

With 100 percent of polling precincts reporting, the current -- yet unofficial -- vote tally shows DFLer Mark Dayton holding a 8,854-vote lead over Republican Tom Emmer.

Nov 1, 2010

Laboring for Dayton: Union activists hit doors in St. Paul

The headquarters of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation (commonly known as 411 Main) is the epicenter of labor's get-out-the-vote efforts on behalf of DFL candidates in the east metro. On the second floor is a call center with a dozen phone lines dialing union members across the state to make sure they vote.

Nov 1, 2010

Emmer: ‘This is the time that counts’

The day before the general election, Tom Emmer and several dozen supporters gathered at St. Paul's Holman Field early Monday morning to kick off an all-day fly around campaign blitz across Minnesota.

Oct 29, 2010

Three gov candidates rally across Minnesota over final campaign weekend

We are in the final stretch in the 2010 election season, and it's doubtful any of the three gubernatorial candidates are going to get much rest this Halloween weekend. They will be holding rallies across Minnesota.

Oct 29, 2010

Conservatives planning extraordinary efforts to combat voter fraud, but is it a problem?

Election Integrity Watch is planning unprecedented efforts to combat electoral fraud in Tuesday's balloting. The coalition of conservative advocacy groups claims that it's going to have "thousands" of trained poll watchers to keep an eye out for irregularities on Election Day.

Oct 29, 2010

Closing ads aim for middle ground

In many ways, the closing statements being made via 30-second TV spot in the race for governor echo the tone of the whole campaign since around Labor Day. Ahead of Tuesday's vote, the campaigns of Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton are doubling down on their respective messages - and seeking to convince skeptics that each is a swell guy to boot.

Oct 29, 2010

Sliming me, sliming you

In some political attacks during this year's legislative campaign, the attacking party has been the one that's gotten bloodied.

Oct 29, 2010

All eyes on election night

As returns come in, here are some of the key factors campaign vets will be watching in the governor's race.

Oct 29, 2010

Makeup of electorate weighs heavy on polls

There's one stark difference in recent polls that will likely be the key to Tuesday's vote: the makeup of the electorate in each. The disparate top line results can almost solely be laid at the feet of this key difference.

Oct 28, 2010

KSTP/SurveyUSA poll: Governor’s race is a dead heat

KSTP-TV opened it's 10 p.m. newscast with a poll showing the Minnesota governor's race is too close to call between DFLer Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer.

Oct 28, 2010

Dayton has 12 point lead over Emmer in MPR/Humphrey poll

DFL gubernatorial nominee Mark Dayton leads his Republican opponent Tom Emmer by 12 points in the latest Minnesota Public Radio/Humphrey Institute poll. The MPR poll is third survey of the governor's race this week.

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