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Associated Press, Published November 29 2010

Minnesota election tradition? Ready, set, recount

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Election officials around Minnesota are cracking the seals on ballot boxes as they launch a recount in the state's governor's race.

Democrat Mark Dayton is hoping the recount confirms his nearly 8,800-vote lead over Republican Tom Emmer. More than 2.1 million votes must be recounted in a process that will run into next week.

In Minneapolis, Hennepin County elections manager Rachel Smith briefed workers before they began sorting and counting ballots, as well as representatives for each candidate. Dozens of workers raised their hands when Smith asked whether any had worked on the state's 2008 U.S. Senate race recount.

In St. Paul, Ramsey County elections manager Joe Mansky called the recount a sequel to a movie he didn't really want to see again.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.