A vote recount taking place in Wisconsin at the behest of Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein has completed with Republican Donald Trump leading by 131 votes.
In a recount that wrapped up Monday, Trump gained a total of 844 votes, while opponent Hillary Clinton had a net gain of 713 votes. Overall, Trump beat Hillary by a margin of about 23,000 votes.
The Wisconsin State Journal has more:
Wisconsin’s historic presidential recount ended Monday resulting in a net gain of 131 votes for President-elect Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton, the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
The recount resulted in a net increase of 837 ballots for a total of 2.976 million. Clinton and Trump added 1,557 votes to their total. The last statewide recount in a 2011 Supreme Court race resulted in a net change of 312 votes for the top two candidates out of 1.5 million ballots cast.
Trump gained 844 votes from the recount and Clinton gained 713 votes. Trump won the state by 22,748 votes.
“Completing this recount was a challenge, but the real winners are the voters,” WEC chairman Mark Thomsen said in a statement. “Based on the recount, they can have confidence that Wisconsin’s election results accurately reflect the will of the people, regardless of whether they are counted by hand or by machine.”
“Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by 22,748 votes,” reports the Associated Press.
The Journal notes Jill Stein had raised the estimated $3.5 million necessary for the state to undergo the recount.
“The actual cost won’t be known until counties report their costs by Dec. 30,” reports The Journal. “Stein will be responsible for paying any amount over the original estimate and will be refunded if the cost is less.”
Courts have blocked recounts from taking place in Michigan and Pennsylvania, a state where Trump won by about 44,000 votes, or nearly 1 percent.
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