Democrat Mark Dayton holds an unofficial lead over Republican Tom Emmer. It stands now at just under 8,900 votes.
If Dayton's margin stays less than 0.5 percent after the tallies are double and triple-checked, an automatic recount will be ordered.
The Dayton-Emmer race generated lots of references today to the 2008 U.S. Senate recount and the ensuing legal battle.
Mark Zdechlik helps explain how the Dayton and Emmer campaigns are positioning themselves at this point.