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By Chris Conte

Statewide recount begins

ROCHESTER (KTTC-DT)-- It didn't take long for the recount of the Minnesota governor's race to get testy in the state's most populous county. In Hennepin County, a dispute over the sorting of challenges deemed frivolous sent the candidates' attorneys and top election officials into a closed-door meeting by 10 a.m. Monday morning.

In Olmsted County though the process has been going much smoother and the recount was finished by early Monday evening according to Mark Krupski, Director of Property Records and Licensing.

"It's not our first time so we are getting a little better, a little more proficient," said Krupski in an interview with the NewsCenter on Monday.

Democrat Mark Dayton led Republican Tom Emmer by nearly 8,800 votes going into the recount Monday that was automatically triggered by state guidelines. Dozens of elections officials started recounting Olmsted County's ballots at the Mayo Civic by 9 a.m. Monday morning.

"They're probably paying more attention to Dayton votes and we're paying more attention to Emmer votes but in the end it helps all votes get counted as well as possible," says Bruce Kaskubar a representative for the Olmsted County Republican Party.

"Hopefully we won't have this as a recurring pattern in Minnesota with ever election," added Pat Mann of the Olmsted County DFL Party.

The state canvassing board is set to meet on December, 8 and officials say they could have results as early as December, 10 barring any challenges by either party.

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