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Associated Press, Published November 19 2010

Dayton: GOP throwing 'spitballs' in Minn. gov race

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democrat Mark Dayton says he'll be patient about filling out a possible gubernatorial administration until an election certificate is issued.

But he appears to be growing impatient with GOP efforts to overcome his 8,755 vote lead. Dayton's race with Republican Tom Emmer is on course for an automatic recount.

Emmer and the GOP have gone to court to ask for proof that the number of votes and voters match up. And they have asked the state canvassing board to revisit recount rules.

In an interview aired Friday on Minnesota Public Radio, Dayton said his opponents have grown "desperate" and are "throwing spitballs at the walls to see which ones will stick."

Meantime, Dayton says he may designate prospective cabinet members but won't actually name commissioners before an election certificate comes.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.