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While his transition team has been vetting possible commissioners, none has been formally selected, and probably none will be for days. He said he aims to name a chief of staff within two days.

“No excuses,” he said. “We’ll be ready.”

Mr. Emmer could have sued over the election outcome, and Democrats had feared he would do so simply to delay Mr. Dayton from taking office. But Mr. Emmer, 49, decided against it after a key state Supreme Court decision went against him. He cited the court’s opinion in his concession but also alluded to major issues facing the state.

Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he and Mr. Dayton would meet Thursday to plan the transition.

This article was based in part on wire service reports.