There is a difficult task ahead for Minnesota's governor-elect: wiping out a projected $6.2 billion budget deficit with his main proposal already declared dead on arrival from new Republican majorities in the Legislature.
Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer ended their quest for the Minnesota governor's office as differently as they were on the campaign trail.
Dayton, the liberal winner, was somber. Emmer, the conservative loser, was loser light hearted.
All but declared the next governor of Minnesota, DFLer Mark Dayton on Sunday promised a gathering of more than 1,500 Minnesotans of faith to strive to make the state a place of equal opportunity for all.
UPDATED 11:57 A.M. Republican Tom Emmer said today that he would withdraw thousands of ballot challenges deemed frivolous in order to speed up the recount of the Minnesota governor's race, but said he hasn't decided whether he'll sue if he loses.
Frustrated with numerous challenges on the first day of Minnesota's gubernatorial race recount, Hennepin County elections manager Rachel Smith came to work on Day Two prepared, with pre-printed labels.
On them? The words "frivolous" and "Emmer."
Jason Hoppin and Dave Orrick
, December 01, 2010
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.
Most of Minnesota's 87 counties have wrapped up manual review of ballots cast in the race for governor. Several big counties encompassing and surrounding the Twin Cities have yet to finish and a handful in greater Minnesota are still at work.
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