Trump still wins Wisconsin after recount; Pennsylvania recount rejected but he still wins

Posted at 4:33 PM, Dec 12, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the presidential recount (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania has certified Republican Donald Trump as the winner in the state's presidential election after weeks of counties tallying up provisional and overseas ballots.

The result certified Monday shows Trump beating Democrat Hillary Clinton in the state by about 44,000 votes out of 6 million cast, or less than 1 percent. Trump's lead shrank over the last five weeks, from about 71,000 on election night.

Trump won just over 2.97 million votes. Clinton won a little under 2.93 million votes. It was the closest percentage victory in a presidential race in Pennsylvania since 1840.

Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson took home almost 147,000 votes. Green Party candidate Jill Stein drew a shade below 50,000. Constitution Party candidate Darrell Castle drew under 22,000.


3:40 p.m.

Republican President-elect Donald Trump's victory in Wisconsin has widened by just 131 votes following a statewide recount of nearly 3 million votes.

Wisconsin on Monday certified results of the recount requested and paid for by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Earlier it said Trump had picked up 162 more votes.

Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by 22,748 votes. Stein was way behind them.

Stein requested the recount in Wisconsin and tried unsuccessfully for recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania, alleging without evidence that voting machines could have been hacked. Recounts there were halted by the courts.

Wisconsin Elections Commission Chairman Mark Thomsen says the recount revealed no evidence of any hacking.

Stein says she's disappointed not all Wisconsin counties did a hand recount, although most did. Stein says the goal of the recount was never to change the outcome but to validate the vote and restore confidence in the voting system.


3:10 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump's victory in Wisconsin has been reaffirmed following a presidential recount that showed him defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton by more than 22,000 votes.

Trump picked up a net 162 votes as a result of the recount that the Wisconsin Elections Commission certified Monday. Green Party candidate Jill Stein requested and paid for the recount that began Dec. 1.

But after recounting nearly 3 million ballots, little changed. The final results changed by fewer than 1,800 votes.

Stein has also tried to get statewide recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania, but courts have stopped them. The federal deadline to certify the vote is Tuesday.

Wisconsin's recount uncovered no widespread problems or hacking as Stein had suggested, without evidence, that there might be.


12:40 p.m.

Wisconsin's presidential recount has been completed and the state Elections Commission planned to vote Monday on certifying the results.

Republican Donald Trump's margin of victory had decreased by just 25 votes with nearly all the ballots recounted. The final tally will be revealed once the recount is certified.

The recount began Dec. 1 after Green Party candidate Jill Stein requested and paid for it. Her attempts to get recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania were blocked in court.

Stein suggested without evidence that voting machines in the three states could have been hacked.

With 95 percent of Wisconsin's vote recounted Sunday, Hillary Clinton had picked up 25 votes on Trump, who won the state by more than 22,000 votes.

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


12:15 p.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the presidential recount vote in his state makes "very clear the vote was legitimate."

No widespread or significant problems with voting have been discovered during the statewide recount that was expected to conclude Monday. Republican Donald Trump's roughly 22,000-vote victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton was largely unchanged.

With 95 percent of the vote recounted as of Sunday, Clinton had picked up just 25 votes on Trump. The recountwas requested and paid for by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who also pushed for recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Walker says the recount placed a burden on local election clerks who were busy with other year-end duties.

The Republican governor also says he doesn't have any information related to a CIA assessment that Russia interfered in the November election on Trump's behalf.


8:55 a.m.

A federal judge is rejecting a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania's presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and scan some counties' election systems for signs of hacking.

The rejection by U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond on Monday is the latest roadblock to a Pennsylvania recount.

It is part of a broader effort by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein to recount votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump won all three states narrowly over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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

A federal judge halted Michigan's recount. The Wisconsin recount was expected to conclude Monday. With about 95 percent of the votes recounted, Clinton had gained 25 votes on Trump but still trailed by about 22,000.


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