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Here's what a "high-level" GOP operative told the Star-Tribune: "I don't think there's any downside to keeping this recount going on as long as possible. If we keep the process going, there are opportunities for us in the upcoming legislative session." That's in sharp contrast to the mostly statesman-like public comments coming from elected Republicans in Minnesota, but you'd have to be naive to think delay isn't on their minds.
The big difference between 2008 and this time around is that the Coleman-Franken race was extraordinarily tight, whereas Dayton now enjoys a lead of nearly 9,000 votes over Republican Tom Emmer that will be very hard to erase through the recount process. In theory that will make it more challenging to justify any extended delay politically. At least in theory.