Emmer will concede governor’s race

Republican Tom Emmer is likely to concede at his Delano home Wednesday morning.

James Nord

Republican Tom Emmer will concede the governorâÄôs race, a Republican official said, leaving Mark Dayton the first DFL governor elected in 24 years.

Jacquie Emmer, Tom’s wife, confirmed a press conference would take place Wednesday morning at the familyâÄôs home. She would not confirm the concession.

The Minnesota Supreme Court’s Tuesday opinion left Emmer with few options to contest the election in a lawsuit after the gubernatorial recount was scheduled to end on Dec. 14.

Following Election Night, Emmer trailed Dayton by nearly 9,000 votes, less than the half-percent margin required to prompt the automatic recount.

After the hand recount’s completion and thousands of ballot challenges, both legitimate and frivolous, EmmerâÄôs chances of victory had only diminished. Emmer’s attorneys will withdraw all challenged ballots at Wednesday’s State Canvassing Board meeting, KSTP-TV reported.

The courtâÄôs denial of EmmerâÄôs petition âÄì to make sure the number of voters matched the number of ballots cast âÄì cemented his position.

According to a poll released Monday, 68 percent of Minnesotans thought Emmer should concede. The poll surveyed 949 people had a 3.2 percent margin of error.

The Dayton campaign had not heard whether Emmer would be conceding, spokeswoman Katharine Tinucci said, but if the party receives a call Wednesday morning confirming the concession it would hold a press event following Emmer’s.

Dayton, the first DFL governor elected since 1986, faces a Republican-controlled Legislature that will oppose many of the policies he campaigned for.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.