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Monday, December 12, 2016

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Elections Commission: Recount affirms Trump win in Wisconsin, adds 131 votes to his lead over Clinton

The Elections Commission says a recount of the nearly 3 million votes cast in Wisconsin's presidential race affirmed Donald Trump's win and expanded his margin of victory over Hillary Clinton.

The 72-county recount, requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, added 131 votes to Trump's margin. The agency, which certified the results of the recount late this afternoon, had earlier said Trump added 162 votes to his margin but revised the figure.

The final numbers show Trump got 1,405,284 votes, while Clinton got 1,382,536.

That means he upped his lead to 22,748 during the recount, up from the original canvass results of 22,617.

Elections Commission Chair Mark Thomsen said the recount gave election officials a “complete audit” of its system. And the fact that the recount showed few discrepancies is “amazing,” he said.

“That is accuracy, and that’s what we offer in Wisconsin,” Thomsen said.

Thomsen noted the commission “found no evidence of any hack,” which Stein had raised as a major possibility in requesting the recount.

Stein said in a news release the recount flagged several issues that “bear further assessment and serious action.”

She said the campaign was still disappointed that not all the counties decided on doing a hand recount, which “undermined the ability to get an accurate result.” The recount, she said, wasn’t about changing the outcome. Rather, it was “about validating the vote and restoring confidence in our voting system.”

“The recount in Wisconsin raised a number of important election integrity issues that bear further assessment and serious action to ensure we have integrity and confidence in our electoral system,” she said.

Stein’s campaign paid $3.5 million for the recount to kick off, though she’ll get a refund if the costs came in below that figure and will have to pay extra if the costs went over.

Elections Commision Administrator Mike Haas said the commission has asked county clerks to submit the actual costs they incurred by Dec. 30. If the agency needs to refund any money to Stein’s campaign, it needs to do so by Jan. 12, he added.

-- By Polo Rocha

Editor's note: This post has been updated throughout. 


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