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Another Minnesota Recount??? Gov Race Goes Down To The Wire


My first (and very rough) impression, as someone who covered the Senate recount very extensively, is that Dayton should probably win. During the 2008 recount, the ranges of human error (typos in spreadsheets, ballots that the machines didn't fully scan, etc.) were ultimately so minor -- and distributed roughly equally -- that the most they could manage was a swing of a few hundred votes out of 2.9 million ballots in that election. Minnesota's election system is run well enough that 9,000 votes is probably too much to overcome.

Then again, there's always the chance that those 20 precincts could be really good for Emmer, and that some big errors could be found to make things even closer. In which case...well, at least Minnesota knows how to run these things.