by Philip Hodges and Jeff Dunetz
Although the results of the vote count were released the day after election day, announcing that Trump had won the state, the results weren’t certified until Wednesday. Initially, Trump had won by 13,107 votes. But once the vote tally was certified, his lead shrunk a bit.
His official win makes him the first Republican to have won the state of Michigan since 1988.
The secretary of state’s office released this statement on Michigan’s vote-tallying process, in part:
“Many people have asked about Michigan’s process for counting ballots and certifying election results. Please be aware that all 1,521 Michigan cities and townships completed ballot counting and reported unofficial results by the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 9. The county canvassing boards, as they do after every election, then began their work to review and certify the results from each precinct.”
Green Party nominee Jill Stein has raised some $4.7 million – ironicallymore money raised in a vastly shorter amount of time than the $3 million she raised from her entire campaign – to pay for recounts in three closely contested states, including Michigan. The other two “suspicious” states are Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Hillary won New Hampshire, Minnesota & Nevada by fewer votes than Trump won Pennsylvania, but there will be no recount in any of those three states.
While Trump won Pennsylvania by around 78,000 votes, Clinton won New Hampshire by less than 3,000 votes. Hillary won Minnesota by less than 44,000 votes and Nevada by around 26,000 votes.
Yet, no recount in those states will be conducted, even though Hillary won them by a smaller margin than she lost Pennsylvania…