First some calming words: There are still enough votes yet uncounted in the governor's race to avoid a recount.
Now, the dawning reality: At 2:30 a.m. the race between Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer is very, very, very, very, very close. So close that the specter of another statewide recount was rising in the sights of the folks who watch for these things.
A recount in Minnesota is automatic if: "In a state general election when the difference between the votes of a candidate who would otherwise be declared elected to a statewide federal office, state constitutional office, statewide judicial office, congressional office, state legislative office, or district judicial office and the votes of any other candidate for that office: (1) is less than one-half of one percent of the total number of votes counted for that office."
Here's how Republican Party Chair Tony Sutton put it to reporter Curt Brown after 2 a.m.:
"It looks like its recount part II: And this time it's personal," Sutton said.
Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
Hillary Clinton vigorously defended her family's foundation against Donald Trump's criticism on Friday and declared she's confident there will be no major further accusations involving the foundation, her emails or anything else that could undermine her chances of defeating him in November.