Recounts barely making dent in election results; Trump gains in Wisconsin
Statewide recounts in key 2016 battlegrounds are proceeding in fits and starts — but doing little to change the math behind Donald Trump’s victory. In Wisconsin, one of three states where Green Party candidate Jill Stein has sought a fresh tabulation, the president-elect has even gained on Hillary Clinton.
“In any election, the actual change in the margin of votes is very, very low,” Drew Spencer Penrose, legal director at FairVote, told FoxNews.com. “For people hoping for a change in results, I wouldn’t hold my breath.”
Here are the latest results:
With the Wisconsin Election Commission working since last Thursday – when Stein paid $3.5 million for the recount after alleging reports of fraud – there has been little change so far to the unofficial results reported on Election Day. Trump won the state by 22,000 votes over Clinton.
In a twist, Trump is gaining.
By Wednesday morning, Trump had widened his victory margin over Clinton in Wisconsin by 146 votes, with 23 of the state’s 72 counties having finished their recounts as of Tuesday. In those counties, Trump gained 105 votes and Clinton dropped 41 votes.
Despite the issue in Wayne County, experts say it will have little effect on the results in Michigan, or nationally.
“They are not going to affect the decision, but the discrepancy certainly warrants further investigation,” Ned Foley, a professor of election law at Ohio State University, told FoxNews.com. “Even if it did change the results in Michigan, it still wouldn’t matter because Clinton needed to win all three states to surpass Trump in the Electoral College.”
Verification measures have been taken in the Keystone State’s two largest counties – Philadelphia and Allegheny (home of Pittsburgh) – but the fate of a statewide recount rests in the hands of a federal court after Stein’s Green Party filed a federal lawsuit on Monday.
While Pennsylvania has yet to certify its results from November’s election, an updated count by state election officials saw Trump’s lead shrink to just about 46,000 over Clinton out of the 6 million votes cast in the state.
So far there have been very few reports of discrepancies in the recounts that have taken place.
A re-examination of Allegheny County voting machine results did not change any votes and, in Philadelphia, Clinton gained only five votes after the City Commissioner’s Office recounted votes in 75 of Philadelphia’s more than 1,600 voting divisions in response to the recount appeal by more than 250 Philadelphia residents.
These numbers are still shy of Pennsylvania’s 0.5 percent trigger for an automatic statewide recount.