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Before hitting the campaign trail the day before the election, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton chat before the installation ceremony of new Minnesota Adjutant General Richard Nash. Republican Bachmann is seeking re-election and Democrat Dayton is running for governor. They are political opposites, but carried on a plesant conversation Monday.

Republicans to keep eye on votes

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans said they learned their lesson in 2008, when they felt the U.S. Senate race was stolen from them, and plan to monitor today's election closer than ever.


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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.