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Associated Press, Published October 30 2010

Dayton gives pep talk at Minnesota union hall

ST. PAUL (AP) — Democrat Mark Dayton is keeping his pep talk brief as he helps send doorknocking teams off to seek votes ahead of Tuesday's election for Minnesota governor.

The former senator made a brief appearance Saturday morning at a St. Paul labor hall where dozens of union members were gearing up to make voter contacts. Dayton spoke for less than 90 seconds, telling the volunteers that "you hold the future of this election in your hands today."

It was the first of four get-out-the-vote events for Dayton, who is in a tight race with Republican Tom Emmer. Along the way, Dayton planned to squeeze in a bar mitzvah reception for the son of a supporter.

No Democrat has won the Minnesota governor's office since 1986.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.