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GOP coming out swinging on recount

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  • November 3, 2010 - 10:53 AM

Right out of the gate, Minnesota's Republicans are being far more aggressive about the likely recount in the governor's race than they were during the 2008 U.S. Senate recount that elected Democrat Al Franken.

Stopping just short of alleging voter fraud on Tuesday, they said they won't be "rolled" -- in the words of Chairman Tony Sutton -- as they believe they were two years ago.

Sutton is raising questions about the integrity of the election, especially in Hennepin County. Sutton says it doesn't "smell right" that the GOP took both state Houses and knocked off Rep. Jim Oberstar but didn't win the governorship.

Sutton said the GOP "won't get out-lawyered" in a recount that appears to be mandatory under state law because Mark Dayton's lead of about 9,000 votes over Tom Emmer is less that one-half of 1 percent of the total votes cast.

Emmer said he's preparing for a recount to ensure "all valid votes are counted and the will of the voters is met," calling the race "too close to call."

Dayton hasn't addressed the prospects of a recount. 

The Associated Press contributed to this post.

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