Minnesota Democratic-Farm-Labor party candidate Mark Dayton unofficially lead Republican candidate Tom Emmer by a tiny margin early Wednesday.
Dayton leads Emmer by 8,856 votes, which is a margin so small that it could require hand-ballot recount, according to the Star Tribune.
This is the second election cycle in a row that a recount has been required. In 2008 Democrat Al Franken's victory over Republican Norm Coleman triggered a long, tedious recount that went to court and left the Senator's seat empty for eight months, according to Politics Daily.
Officials have already begun the boring, stressful task of locking up ballots, which may be guarded around the clock by both parties, according to the Star Tribune.
Emmer said in a statement to the Star Tribune that this race is still too close to call.