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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

Parties react on a possible recount

Minneapolis, MN (KTTC-DT) -- The votes are finally in, and there are 8,855 votes separating Gubernatorial candidates Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer. These numbers are not yet official and a state-wide recount is likely. The republican party says it's ready to fight.

We won't officially know if there will be a recount until November 23, after the State Canvassing Board certify the election results. The state GOP party made it very clear Wednesday morning, they do not intend to lose this potential recount like they did two years ago in the U.S. Senate race.

The contention in this year's governor's race seems awfully familiar. Minnesota voters saw a similar close race two years ago when Al Franken took on Norm Coleman for his U.S. Senate seat. Last time, republicans lost and this time, they're vowing it won't happen again.

"We are going to be very, very aggressive through this recount," says GOP chairperson Tony Sutton.

Already the Republican party is making accusations of possible voter fraud, especially after a voting tabulation error in Hennepin county had to be fixed.

"Something doesn't smell right when you take control of the state house, you take control of the state senate, we win in the 8th Congressional district folk, and yet somehow, somehow we don't win the Governor's race," continues Sutton.

Democrat Mark Dayton currently holds a roughly 8,800 vote lead over Republican Tom Emmer. Dayton told the media that his staff could not find an election that was ever overturned in the history books with a margin as large has he has over Emmer and wants the will of the people heard.

"This is not a re-election. This is to determine the outcome of the election that was held yesterday and where the will of the people of Minnesota was expressed," says Dayton.

Olmsted county's recount organizer Mark Krupski says the major difference between this race and Senate one 2 years ago, is the vote margin. He says that difference could make the recount less contentious and hopefully the smaller mid-term election voter turnout will keep the recount from dragging for months like it did last time.

"This time we have a few less ballots, actually about 20,000 less. We have just under 56,000 ballots. So, hopefully that will make the process go a little bit quicker."

Krupski says if the State Canvassing Board calls for a recount, it would likely happen the week of November 29.

While the Governor's race remains in question, the state constitution requires the current governor to remain in the position until the election is settled. The relevant language in the state constitution declares: "The term of office for the governor and lieutenant governor is four years and until a successor is chosen and qualified."

One Wednesday, Governor Pawlenty says he is prepared to fulfill that obligation despite any personal plans or concerns.

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