Published: Tue, December 13, 2016
USA | By Yvette Dunn

Trump's Wisconsin victory secure after recount

Trump's Wisconsin victory secure after recount

Wisconsin election officials announced Monday that their recount has been completed - and it has revealed an even greater victory for Trump in that state.

Wisconsin finalized its recount on the same day that a federal judge issued a stinging rejection of a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania's presidential election and scan some counties' election systems for signs of hacking.

The recount resulted in a net change of 1,769 additional votes being counted out, or 0.06 percent of the 2.975 million total ballots.

"Completing this recount was a challenge, but the real winners are the voters", Wisconsin Elections Commission chairman Mark Thomsen said in a statement Monday.

Republican Donald Trump's margin of victory had decreased by just 25 votes with almost all the ballots recounted.

On Monday the Board of Canvassers in the final four counties - Dane, Milwaukee, Outagamie and Rock - certified their results.

The recount began December 1 after Green Party candidate Jill Stein requested and paid for it. "Granting her later than last-minute request for relief, however, could well ensure that no Pennsylvania vote counts". She argued, without evidence, that voting machines in all three states were susceptible to hacking.

In the end, the recount widened Trump's lead by 131 votes.

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Wisconsin faced a Tuesday deadline to certify the vote or put its 10 Electoral College votes at risk.

"They've shown all throughout this process that it was very clear that the vote was legitimate here in the state", Walker said.

Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by relatively slim margins in all three typically Democratic states.

In Pennsylvania, Trump beat Clinton in Pennsylvania by about 44,000 votes out of 6 million cast.

The recount of almost 3 million votes began December 1 after Green Party candidate Jill Stein paid the estimated $3.5 million cost.

The Republican governor also says he doesn't have any information related to a Central Intelligence Agency assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the November election on Trump's behalf.

In Pennsylvania, U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond said there were at least six grounds that required him to reject the Green Party's lawsuit, which had been opposed by Trump, the Pennsylvania Republican Party and the Pennsylvania attorney general's office.

It is part of a broader effort by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein to recount votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump won MI by fewer than 11,000 votes out of almost 4.8 million votes cast.

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