Monday, 30 Nov 2020

Trump campaign demands Wisconsin recount, vote too close to call as Biden leads

President Trump’s re-election campaign will demand a recount of votes in Wisconsin, as the pivotal race remained too close to call Wednesday afternoon.

“Despite ridiculous public polling used as a voter suppression tactic, Wisconsin has been a razor thin race as we always knew that it would be,” said Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager. “There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results.

“The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”

There are no triggers for an automatic recount under Wisconsin law, but a candidate may petition the state for a recount if the margin is within one percentage point.

Team Trump vowed the challenge as the final votes trickled in in the Badger State, which remained too close to call but appeared to be tilting toward Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

With 99 percent of ballots counted, Biden had garnered 1,630,431 votes, while Trump had racked up 1,609,898, according to an NBC News tally shortly before 1 p.m.

America’s Dairyland holds 10 electoral votes, with a total of 270 needed to win the presidency.

Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s Elections Commission Administrator, said in a media call Wednesday afternoon that despite the delay, the vote was a success.

“Yesterday’s voting process and election-night counting went very well in Wisconsin, and across the country,” she said. “Despite more absentee ballots, the evening proceeded in a very normal fashion. Our election was executed with precision.”

Still, she stopped short of declaring a victor, as election officials “start the process of triple-checking the results.”

Wisconsin wasn’t the only swing state still in play well into Wednesday.

Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina were still being tallied, with none considered a decisive victory.

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