Mark Dayton became the first Minnesota DFL governor elected in more than two decades, after Republican Tom Emmer conceded Wednesday morning.
Dayton accepted Emmer's concession Wednesday afternoon, The Minnesota Daily reported.
"Minnesotans made their choice, by however thin a margin, and we respect that choice," Emmer said at a news conference in front of his Delano home, USA today reported
Emmer called Dayton at about 10:10 a.m. Wednesday. They both characterized the conversation with "gracious" and "gentleman," The Minnesota Daily reported.
Dayton was up by 9,000 votes, less than the half-percent margin necessary to instigate an automatic recount, The Minnesota Daily reported.
Dayton will take the oath of office on Jan. 3.