Minnesotans are bracing for a recount that begins Monday in the governor’s race, as they try to avoid the legal challenges that led Democrat Al Franken to be declared the winner of the 2008 Senate race eight months after Election Day. The state is paying for all 2.1 million ballots cast to be recounted. The state canvassing board on Tuesday said
Democrat Mark Dayton, a former U.S. senator, has an 8,770-vote lead over Republican businessman Tom Emmer. They are vying to replace Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, who is prepping to run for president in 2012. The state hopes to swear in a new governor Jan. 3.