4:36 PM, Nov 9, 2010 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Minnesota may be heading toward another drawn-out recount battle, this time with the race to succeed two-term governor Tim Pawlenty. Politics Daily reports:
Six days after the election, no winner has been declared in the race for governor of Minnesota, even though the Democratic candidate, Mark Dayton, was leading his Republican opponent, Tom Emmer, by 8,751 votes on Monday.
Under Minnesota law, an automatic recount must be conducted at public expense if the margin of victory is less than a half of one percentage point, or in this case about 10,500 votes, according to The Associated Press. But a trailing candidate can choose to waive the recount. About 2.1 million ballots were cast in the election.
Emmer's attorney, Tony Trimble, was asked Monday if the candidate was giving any thought to waiving the recount. "None whatsoever," was Trimble's reply.
Emmer campaign spokesman Carl Kuhl spoke with THE WEEKLY STANDARD in a phone interview today about the automatic recount. "We're going to see that process through," Kuhl said. "We see a real possibility here." Kuhl referenced misreported numbers in Hennepin County, the state's most populous county, where he said "the numbers just don't add up." Also awaiting to be counted, he said, were the absentee ballots -- specifically, the military ballots.
Kuhl declined to say where specifically in the state the Emmer campaign expects to pick up the nearly 9,000 votes it needs to win the race. "We're going to take this one step at a time," he said. He also declined to say whether or not the campaign believed there was any foul play involved in counting the votes.
Republicans will control governorships, state houses in record numbers.12:48 PM, Nov 4, 2010 • By MICHAEL WARREN
While the biggest election news for Republicans is the party's takeover of the House of Representatives, the GOP had a great showing in governor's and state legislature races. Republicans won a total of 23 governorships on Tuesday, nearly double the number of Democratic wins (the New York Times has not officially called Minnesota, Illinois, and Connecticut). Additionally, 9 of those 23 gubernatorial victories were in states Obama carried in 2008: Florida, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
12:10 AM, Nov 3, 2010 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In New Jersey, former Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman and Republican Jon Runyan has defeated Democratic Rep. John Adler by over 6,000 votes. Runyan will represent the Third District in central New Jersey.
10:02 AM, Oct 27, 2010 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Republican challenger to Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank was interviewed last night by Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel:
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Republican vet says Dem's comments are part of a pattern.4:48 PM, Oct 22, 2010 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Retired Army colonel Patrick Murray, Republican candidate for Congress in Virginia's Eighth District, has a new web ad based on Rep. Jim Moran's outrageous comment that Murray hasn't "served or performed in any kind of public service" but merely "taken a government check" while serving in the Army "because the military is still part of the federal government":
Would seek to unseat incumbent Russ Feingold.8:00 AM, Mar 24, 2010 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson is preparing to run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Russ Feingold, according to several sources familiar with Thompson's thinking. Thompson has spent the past several weeks taking the steps any candidate must take in order to run for office -- he's evaluating staff, he's talking to fundraisers, and he's separating himself from his business interests.
Illinois Senate candidate does business with French bank known for its financing of Iran’s energy sector.6:02 AM, Mar 19, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Alexi Giannoulias is no stranger to controversial business relationships: As chief loan officer at his family’s Broadway Bank, the Illinois Democrat running for President Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat authorized loans to convicted organized crime leaders like Michael “Jaws” Giorango (a pimp and bookmaker) and Demitri Stavropoulos (an illegal gambling operator). Giannoulias also serviced loans for convicted felon Tony Rezko.
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