There were some high-fives among local lefties when a blunt CNN headline declared: “Democrat Dayton wins Minnesota Gov. recount.”
Although the state Canvassing Board should officially determine that next week, the math seemingly makes it a foregone conclusion, given an Emmer deficit greater than his challenges. But I suppose there’s an infinitesimal chance of a “December surprise” that could upend things at the Canvassing Board level.
But — given the numbers — if you’re waiting for the Associated Press to “call” the race for Dayton, you’ll be waiting for eternity.
Douglas Glass, news editor for the local bureau, explains, “AP doesn’t call races when they go into a recount. We report the winner once one has been determined.”
By the way, CNN’s lead sentence — “Democrat Mark Dayton has won his bid to become Minnesota’s next governor, defeating Republican state legislator Tom Emmer after a recount” — is also premature (although, again, highly likely). That pesky matter of a contest complicates the issue.
Here’s Minnesota statute 204.C40:
No certificate of election shall be issued until seven days after the canvassing board has declared the result of the election. In case of a contest, an election certificate shall not be issued until a court of proper jurisdiction has finally determined the contest.