The recount won’t be finished, but Mark Dayton will attend the Democratic Governors Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday.
Dayton, who does not seem to be losing much ground in the early stages of the recount and still leads be more than 8,000 votes, said in a statement:
“Although Minnesota’s election has not yet been decided, I am still delighted to be invited to meet with governors from around the country to learn about their initiatives in their respective states. Although the recount is still underway in Minnesota, I am working with my transition staff to prepare a new administration.
“If, at the end of the recount, my election is certified and I am elected governor, I will be ready to lead on Jan. 3. Attending the DGA’s annual meeting provides a worthwhile opportunity to share ideas and learn from other governors what we can do in Minnesota to put people back to work and balance the state budget in a fair and responsible way.”
Costs for the trip are being paid by privately raised transition money, not public funds, his staff said.