Daily Digest: A close race in MN; Republicans win House

Katherine Lymn

Your Daily Digest for Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010:

More than 12 hours after polls closed, Minnesota still doesn’t officially know who its next governor will be. DFL candidate Mark Dayton currently has a 0.43% lead, approximately 9,000 votes, over Republican Tom Emmer, and that is within the range for a recount, according to the Star Tribune. As of 9:30 a.m. today, only 19 precincts, or less than one percent of precincts, had yet to report results. When the margin is less than 0.50%, votes must be recounted as they were in the infamous Franken/Coleman Senate race of 2008. “It looks like it’s recount part II: And this time it’s personal,” Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Tony Sutton told the Strib. Minnesota’s vague state constitution clause regarding governance — “The term of office for the governor and lieutenant governor is four years and until a successor is chosen and qualified” — could mean the state will actually be without an official governor for a short time, should there be a recount. Full Daily coverage of this and other races, and issues voters had around campus, can be found here.

For more on the election nationally, where Republicans gained 60 seats in the House, check out the New York Times’ interactive map.