Wisconsin Recount Confirm's Biden Win 11/30 06:10

Wisconsin Recount Confirm's Biden Win  11/30 06:10


   MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin finished a recount of its presidential 
results on Sunday, confirming Democrat Joe Biden's victory over President 
Donald Trump in the key battleground state. Trump vowed to challenge the 
outcome in court even before the recount concluded.

   Dane County was the second and last county to finish its recount, reporting 
a 45-vote gain for Trump. Milwaukee County, the state's other big and 
overwhelmingly liberal county targeted in a recount that Trump paid $3 million 
for, reported its results Friday, a 132-vote gain for Biden.

   Taken together, the two counties barely budged Biden's winning margin of 
about 20,600 votes, giving the winner a net gain of 87 votes.

   "As we have said, the recount only served to reaffirm Joe Biden's victory in 
Wisconsin," Danielle Melfi, who led Biden's campaign in Wisconsin, said in a 
statement to The Associated Press.

   Trump campaign spokeswoman Jenna Ellis said in a statement that the 
Wisconsin recounts have "revealed serious issues" about whether the ballots 
were legal, but she offered no specific details to validate her claim.

   "As we have said from the very beginning, we want every legal vote, and only 
legal votes to be counted, and we will continue to uphold our promise to the 
American people to fight for a free and fair election," Ellis said.

   With no precedent for overturning a result as large as Biden's, Trump was 
widely expected to head to court once the recount was finished. His campaign 
challenged thousands of absentee ballots during the recount, and even before it 
was complete, Trump tweeted that he would sue.

   "The Wisconsin recount is not about finding mistakes in the count, it is 
about finding people who have voted illegally, and that case will be brought 
after the recount is over, on Monday or Tuesday," Trump tweeted on Saturday. 
"We have found many illegal votes. Stay tuned!"

   The deadline to certify the vote is Tuesday. Certification is done by the 
Democratic chair of the Wisconsin Election Commission, which is bipartisan.

   The Wisconsin Voters Alliance, a conservative group, has already filed a 
lawsuit against state election officials seeking to block certification of the 
results. It makes many of the claims Trump is expected to make. Gov. Tony 
Evers' attorneys have asked the state Supreme Court to dismiss the suit. Evers, 
a Democrat, said the complaint is a "mishmash of legal distortions" that uses 
factual misrepresentations in an attempt to take voting rights away from 
millions of Wisconsin residents.

   Another suit filed over the weekend by Wisconsin resident Dean Mueller 
argues that ballots placed in drop boxes are illegal and must not be counted.

   Trump's attorneys have complained about absentee ballots where voters 
identified themselves as "indefinitely confined," allowing them to cast an 
absentee ballot without showing a photo ID; ballots that have a certification 
envelope with two different ink colors, indicating a poll worker may have 
helped complete it; and absentee ballots that don't have a separate written 
record for its request, such as in-person absentee ballots.

   Election officials in the two counties counted those ballots during the 
recount, but marked them as exhibits at the request of the Trump campaign.

   Trump's campaign has already failed elsewhere in court without proof of 
widespread fraud, which experts widely agree doesn't exist. Trump legal 
challenges have failed in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania.

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