Michigan says Donald Trump won state; Jill Stein immediately files for recount
The Board of State Canvassers certified Trump’s 10,704-vote victory on Monday, nearly three weeks after the election. The two-tenths of a percentage point margin out of nearly 4.8 million votes is the closest presidential race in Michigan in more than 75 years.
Trump’s win in Michigan gives the Republican 306 electoral votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 232.
Trump is the first Republican presidential nominee to win Michigan since 1988.
A lawyer for Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s campaign has notified the Michigan elections board that it will seek a recount of the presidential election results.
Mark Brewer told the Board of State Canvassers that the recount petition will be filed on Wednesday. The board on Monday certified Republican Donald Trump’s 10,704-vote win over Democrat Hillary Clinton out of nearly 4.8 million ballots cast.
Stein is on track to raise twice as much for an election recount effort than she did for her own failed Green Party presidential bid.
Fueled by the social media hashtag #recount2016 and millions of dispirited Hillary Clinton voters, Stein’s recount effort in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania had already netted $6.3 million by Monday, according to her campaign website.
That’s millions more than the roughly $3.5 million she raised during her entire campaign.
Stein said she is “proud to stand up for election integrity” regardless of whether it changes the outcome of the presidential race.