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Published November 11, 2010, 05:46 PM

Emmer: I Won't Improperly Delay in MN Gov Race

Republican Tom Emmer says he won't take part in foot-dragging just to keep his Democratic opponent from taking control of the Minnesota governor's office.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Tom Emmer says he won't take part in foot-dragging just to keep his Democratic opponent from taking control of the Minnesota governor's office.

In his first one-on-one interview, Emmer told WCCO's Michelle Tafoya that he would find it "entirely improper" to extend the post-election battle for the sake of delay. He says he wants to make sure irregularities are addressed.

Democrat Mark Dayton leads Emmer by 8,755 votes, which is a small enough lead to trigger an automatic hand recount of 2.1 million ballots. That process won't start until after Thanksgiving. If Emmer is still behind, he could file a lawsuit, which he hasn't ruled out.

The new governor is supposed to take office Jan. 3. But GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty would stay in office if a winner isn't certified by then.

Tafoya made clear at the interview's outset that she donated to Emmer's campaign.

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