Republican Tom Emmer’s spokesman Carl Kuhl says Emmer is in Neepawa, Manitoba this weekend to watch his son’s hockey game. Kuhl says Emmer left on Friday to take his son back to Canada, will watch the hockey game today and will return to Minnesota on Sunday.
Emmer is making the trip at a time when election officials are gearing up for a statewide recount. Democrat Mark Dayton leads Emmer by 8,775 votes. Emmer has not made any public comments since Election Night.
Meanwhile, the spokeswoman for Democrat Mark Dayton’s recount team says they had 51 staff members observing county canvassing on Friday.
Local elections officials are required to submit their reports to the Secretary of State by Friday, November 12th. The State Canvassing Board is expected to accept the results on Tuesday, November 23rd. An automatic recount will be ordered if the margin is less than one half of one percent of the total votes cast in that election.