Trump wins Michigan's 16 electoral votes, state board says

Casey Mills
December 14, 2016

There is no evidence that any voting machines were hacked, said Thomsen, the Elections Commission chairman.

As his senior advisers engaged in an escalating feud over who the next secretary of state should be, Trump focused publicly on Clinton's tally of 64 million votes - more than 2 million more than he garnered - by suggesting without evidence that millions of people illegally voted in the election. Either Stein or Rocky De La Fuente, another third-party candidate who petitioned for a recount, will have to pay the total cost to counties in full on Tuesday, Nov. 29, for the recount to begin Thursday, Dec. 1.

By continuing to raise money, she is building up a larger donor list that she can later turn to if she runs again.

Still, Trump and his lieutenants assailed the effort led by the Green Party's Jill Stein, calling it fraudulent, the work of "crybabies" and, in Trump's view, tweeted from Florida, "sad".

The deadline to officially file for a recount in Wisconsin is Friday; in Pennsylvania, it is Monday; and in MI, it is next Wednesday.

Trump then spent five tweets quoting parts of Clinton's responses at the third presidential debate, during which she blasted Trump for telling moderator Chris Wallace that he would "keep you in suspense" rather than outright promise to accept the election results.

At this point, it is questionable whether Hillary Clinton is willing to formally request recounts in those states before the deadlines arrive, but she doesn't have to be the one to do it. What's more, she's raised enough money to follow through on her vow.

Even with major administration decisions looming, Trump seems preoccupied by the prospect of a recount.

Stein went on to explain the reasoning behind her controversial, but well-funded, recount mission. The academics presented findings showing that in Wisconsin, Clinton received seven percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots.

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Further concerning numbers have come out of exit polling data, which have indicated that Hillary Clinton might have won in certain areas, despite final counts to the contrary.

"What the voting technology experts tell us is that you can not tell unless you're actually counting paper votes", she said.

"I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally", Trump tweeted Sunday.

In a desperate bid to try to salvage the election, an attempt is being made to push for recounts in the key swing states Clinton lost.

Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said a recount would be "a waste of time and disrespectful to all Michigan voters". "His reckless tweets are inappropriate and unbecoming of a President-elect".

Trump also claimed that he "won" popular vote, though Clinton is still up by two million votes, according to USA Today.

A transition team aide told reporters that Trump's meetings Monday will include Sheriff David A. Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

As of Monday night, no such proof has emerged. Wisconsin election officials are expected to meet Monday to discuss a possible timeline for a recount of that state's presidential votes; recounts are possible in Pennsylvania and MI as well. That is when electors officially vote for the POTUS, and some are saying that a lengthy recount process could delay or even potentially thwart the electoral vote certification in impacted states.

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