Facing the prospect of a protracted recount in the governor's race, Gov. Tim Pawlenty issued a statement late Wednesday morning, assuring Minnesotans that the lights to his office won't go out when his term ostensibly expires in January.

Here it is:

“The hard work and participation of so many Minnesotans leading up to and throughout yesterday’s election affirms Minnesota’s civic mindedness. While questions remain about the outcome of several contests, there is a process in place to provide the people of Minnesota with a final result as quickly as fairness and the law allows.

My administration is fully committed and prepared to accomplish the swift and orderly transition to the next governor as soon as a final determination is made. As required by Article V of the Minnesota Constitution, I will continue to serve as Governor until a new governor takes the oath.”