INTERNET (NOVEMBER 27, 2016) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE) – U.S. President-elect Donald called Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign’s decision to take part in a recount of votes in Wisconsin “sad” in a series of tweets on Sunday (November 27).
“Nothing will change,” Trump said in a tweet just days after Wisconsin’s election board approved the recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. She has said she wants to guarantee the integrity of the U.S. voting system since computer hacking had marked the Nov. 8 election
Marc Elias, the Clinton campaign counsel, said the campaign would take part in the recount in Wisconsin as well as in the other battleground states of Pennsylvania and Michigan if recounts were mounted there.
Elias said in a statement on the Medium website that the Clinton campaign had not planned to seek a recount since its own investigation had failed to turn up any sign of hacking of voting systems. Although Trump won the Electoral College tally, Clinton will have won the national popular vote by more than 2 million ballots when the final results are in.
While Stein’s efforts last week may have spurred hope among disappointed Clinton supporters, the chances of such recounts – if they take place – overturning the overall result from the Nov. 8 election are extremely slim, given Trump’s margins of victory in the three states. Stein has raised $5.8 million of the $7 million needed to cover fees and legal costs for the three recounts, according to her campaign website. The deadline for filing a recount bid in Pennsylvania is Monday (November 28).
“We are not doing this to the benefit of one candidate over the other. We’re doing this for the benefit of the American public so that we can trust, that our votes are counted,” Green Party member George Martin said in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during a news conference.
The voting margins make it highly unlikely any recounts would end up giving Clinton a win in all three states, which would be needed for the overall election result to change.
Trump beat Clinton in Pennsylvania by 70,010 votes, in Michigan by 10,704 votes and in Wisconsin by 27,257 votes.