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He has yet to concede to state Senator Kathleen Vinehout in the 31st District race as his camp is looking into the details of a recount.
Thompson will meet with his staffers this morning and decide then if a recount is in order.Thompson trails Vinehout by 401 votes out of 60,000 cast Tuesday.
A meeting of the minds over a washed out La Crosse road is closer to happening now. A city council committee has approved a special group to have a sit down with surrounding towns over fixing Bliss Road that runs up to Grandad Bluff. City council member Bob Seaquist would be on the committee. He would like to repair Bliss completely. Very tricky and expensive, he agrees. And that expense is why the city wants to get together with town governments; city council members are hoping to share the costs of the repairs.
Automatic recount time again in Minnesota. At least it looks that way right now in the very close governor's race. Final tally in the race won't be known until the state's canvassing board meets later this month. And if the final count is within a half of a percent of total votes, it's auto recount time. Secretary of state Mark Ritchie says that recount can be waived by the candidate who lags in the vote totals. Taxpayers foot the bill for the automatic vote recount. Currently and unofficially, just about nine thousand votes separate democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer.
A divided congress now. Different agendas among democrats and Republicans. Neither probably willing to give much ground after yesterday's elections. What's the next move? La Crosse democratic congressman Ron Kind says it's time to come together and make compromise although he hasn't said where those compromises might be. Kind seemed to be the exception in holding on to his seat Tuesday admidst a wave of Republican challengers coming into office, flipping control of the US House to GOP control.
The second time didn't do it for Cheryl Hancock. The Holmen democrat was turned away again in her bid to unseat Mike Huebsch in the 94th assembly race. Could third time be the charm? Hancock says it's too early to make the call about another run. But she knows it may take that many times to gain support from people in the district. Hancock recalls a conversation with former assembly state rep, Virgil Roberts who reminded her it took Huebsch three times to beat him. Hancock says people were more receptive to her during campaiging door-to-door this time around than when she lost to to Huebsch in the last election.