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Forum Communications Co., Published December 01 2010

Dayton meeting with governors, White House today

ST. PAUL – One of Minnesota’s two governor hopefuls is in Washington, D.C., today, meeting with governors and White House officials, while representatives of the other are challenging ballots and thinking about challenging the election in court.

Democrat Mark Dayton, holding his statewide recount lead of nearly 9,000 votes, is off to the annual Democratic Governors’ Association meeting as he prepares to be governor.

Republican Tom Emmer is downplaying his transition efforts, and Republican leaders have been less visible during the election recount than Dayton’s team.

The vote changed little Tuesday. With 70 percent of the state’s 2.1 million votes recounted Tuesday night,

Unofficial secretary of state vote totals showed Dayton down 38 votes from before the recount and Emmer down one, giving Dayton 8,733 more votes than Emmer. Going into the recount, Dayton led by 8,770.