Michi­gan vote cer­ti­fied for Trump but re­count looms

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Nearly three weeks af­ter Elec­tion Day, Michi­gan of­fi­cials cer­ti­fied Mon­day that Don­ald Trump won the state by 10,704 votes out of nearly 4.8 mil­lion to claim all of its 16 elec­toral votes. There’s more wran­gling to come, though, on the fi­nal vote count for this oh-so-con­tentious cam­paign.

Jill Stein’s Green Party served no­tice that it would pe­ti­tion for a Michi­gan re­count even as her party pushed for­ward with re­count ef­forts in Wis­con­sin and Penn­syl­va­nia, where Trump won by some­what wider but still small mar­gins.

Should the re­sults for Trump hold in all three states, as ex­pected, the pres­i­dent-elect would have 306 elec­toral votes to 232 for Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton. It takes 270 to be elected pres­i­dent.

Only if the re­sults were over­turned in all three states would Clin­ton have a claim on the pres­i­dency, and that is widely con­sid­ered to be out of the ques­tion.

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