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Donald Trump widened his lead over Hillary Clinton in a recount for Wisconsin, certifying his victory in last month’s presidential election.
The state of Wisconsin finalized their recount, showing that Trump beat Clinton in the state by more than 22,000 votes. The recount showed that Trump picked up an additional 131 votes and won the state by a total of 22,748 votes, changing the final vote by just .06%. Nearly three million votes were recounted in the state of Wisconsin.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein requested and paid for the Wisconsin recount but failed in her attempts to get recounts in the states of Pennsylvania and Michigan as the courts blocked her requests.
Trump won all three states during the election, but Jill Stein argued that each states voting machines were susceptible to hacking.
Stein said she was disappointed not all Wisconsin counties did hand recounts even though most did. She added that the purpose for the recount was not to change the outcome of the presidential election but to restore confidence in the system.
“The recount in Wisconsin raised a number of important election integrity issues that bear further assessment and serious action to ensure we have integrity and confidence in our electoral system,” Stein said in a statement ABC News reported.
In Pennsylvania, U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond said that there were at least six grounds to reject the Green Party’s lawsuit.
“Most importantly, there is no credible evidence that any ‘hack’ occurred, and compelling evidence that Pennsylvania’s voting system was not in any way compromised,” Diamond wrote.
He said the lawsuit suffered from a lack of standing, potentially the lack of federal jurisdiction and an “unexplained, highly prejudicial” wait before filing last week’s lawsuit, four weeks after the Nov. 8 election.