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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In some political attacks during this year's legislative campaign, the attacking party has been the one that's gotten bloodied.
As returns come in, here are some of the key factors campaign vets will be watching in the governor's race.
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.
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.
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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