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Recount results: Trump wins in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania

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    Ilann Maazel, lead counsel for the Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein campaign, spoke with members of the media, Dec. 5, outside the federal courthouse in Philadelphia.

Presidential election recount efforts came to an end today in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, with both states certifying Republican Donald Trump as the winner in contests that helped put him over the top in the Electoral College stakes.

Trump’s victory in Wisconsin was reaffirmed following a statewide vote recount that showed him defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton by more than 22,000 votes. Meanwhile, a federal judge issued a stinging rejection of a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania’s presidential election and scan some counties’ election systems for signs of hacking.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein successfully requested and paid for the Wisconsin recount while her attempts for similar statewide recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan were blocked by the courts.

Stein got only about 1 percent of the vote in each of the three states that Trump narrowly won over Clinton. Stein argued, without evidence, that voting machines in all three states were susceptible to hacking. All three states were crucial to Trump’s victory, having last voted for a Republican for president in the 1980s.

The numbers barely budged in Wisconsin after nearly 3 million votes were recounted. Trump, a billionaire New York real estate mogul, picked up 162 votes and still won by more than 22,000 votes. The final results changed just 0.06 percent.

In Pennsylvania, state officials certified the results of the election in the hours following the decision by U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond.

Trump beat Clinton in the state by about 44,000 votes out of 6 million cast, or less than 1 percent, according to the final tally after weeks of counting provisional and overseas ballots. Green Party voters had petitioned some counties to do partial recounts, affecting few votes, county officials said.

Diamond said there were at least six grounds that required him to reject the Green Party’s lawsuit, which had been opposed by Trump, the Pennsylvania Republican Party and the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office.

Suspicion of a hacked Pennsylvania election “borders on the irrational” while granting the Green Party’s recount bid could “ensure that no Pennsylvania vote counts” given Tuesday’s federal deadline to certify the vote for the Electoral College, wrote Diamond, an appointee of Republican former President George W. Bush.

“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.

The decision was the Green Party’s latest roadblock in Pennsylvania after hitting numerous walls in county and state courts. Green Party-backed lawyers argue it was possible that computer hackers changed the election outcome and that Pennsylvania’s heavy use of paperless machines makes it a prime target. Stein also contended Pennsylvania has erected unconstitutional barriers to voters seeking a recount.

A lawyer for the Green Party members said today they were disappointed and unable to immediately say whether they would appeal.

“But one thing is clear,” said the lawyer, Ilann Maazel. “The Pennsylvania election system is not fair to voters and voters don’t know if their votes counted, and that’s a very large problem.”

A federal judge halted Michigan’s recount last week after three days. Trump won Michigan by fewer than 11,000 votes out of nearly 4.8 million votes cast.

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    • Look next for the disarrayed dems to push hard for abolition of the electoral college. It tears them up knowing that uneducated white supremacists (their words not mine) got their candidate across the finish line and rejected totalitarian progressives. I have to admit it’s quite entertaining to watch the meltdown and I look forward to more childish behavior as the once high-flying democrats fade into irrelevancy.

        • Concede, apologize? Fat chance of that happening. She sent out her mouthpiece John Podesta on election night to kinda-sorta concede. Waldo apparently was too busy throwing things in a classic temper tantrum. She will cling to the “Russians Did It” fake news angle knowing full well that a fair number of her tin foil hat wearing supporters will unquestionably buy into it. Just think if she had won the election she’d now be making arrangements to pay off Clinton Foundation “donors” with taxpayer money. Now she and Barry Hussein are getting ready to exit stage left, good riddance to both of them.

        • IRT KeoniGohan, I also agree with you and CEI. Now, the democrats will push the “Russians are coming” that will be resolved by hearings in Congress. And, this last attempt by Podesta, which will be a waste of time, to brief the Electors of the Electoral College about the Russians. The liberal Left is running out of “Fake News”. We will move ahead to “Make America Safe and Great Again” with the Senate confirmation of appointments and the Nominee to the Supreme Court.

      • Funny how no one seemed that concerned about the electoral college until their candidate lost….

        “Anyone Who Doesn’t Accept The Results Of An Election Is A Threat To Democracy” Hillary Clinton, October 19 2016

        • There’s a move now by hiLISRy & Podesta to have the electors receive INTEL to see if any hacking swayed the election toward P.E. Trump.
          Something is mentally wrong with her…sad.

        • Even the big hullaboo the Dems are making about the hacking done by the Russians to sway the voters, yet theyignore the her private server is where hacking was most vulnerably. The emails between Hillary and Podesta that was hacked on the messages exchanged via the “server”. Just imagine how many highly classified State Department messages were hacked by other nations hostile to us? These are the same types of classified documents for which Pratreaus was convicted when he left the classified document in the hands of his biographer who happened to be retired colonel herself a US veteran. The dichotomy is obvious how the Justice Department handled both situations.

  • The globalist who are behind all of this who has both party members in their control will do anything to stop Trump from being president. Important that Trump be very careful because they will continue to create havoc and do everything in their power not to have him be the U.S. president come January 20, 2017. If not an assassination an impeachment. These globalist know that this is not good for them having Trump as the president of the United States.

    Fake news, heard of this being said by mainstream media. The greatest fake news comes out of CNN owned and controlled by the globalist. It is written if you want to control the people you must control the media.

  • I think the joy here should be that there was no evidence of outside interference. The CIA is “highly confident” that there was some “hacking” going on with the Democratic Party system. Hopefully this is the extent of the hacks.
    Better to be sure than sorry for not checking things out.

  • Unfortunately, a waste of time. Now, if you had a revote, I bet Trump wouldn’t win! I wouldn’t vote for him again. In fact, I wouldn’t vote at all. With Clinton, I am worried with Obama trying to run the government and Clinton is a mere puppet.

  • Hey DNC give it up already. You lost. Remember you were the guys who blasted Trump about accepting the results of the election. Your party has already been weakened by your campaign. It will be near destruction if you keep this up. Spend your time figuring out where you went wrong. I suggest you start with the last eight Obama years. I think virtually all politicians are crooked so now I’m scared to think about a country with a weakened/destroyed democratic party leaving everything to a strengthened republican party. That would be like the crooked one party system in Hawaii.

  • Good, Stein can continue to fight the results that only had 1% vote for her. She can also continue to fight and hope more people join her cause and vote for her. Split up the Democrat vote because some of them will now be Green Party. Sounds like what Mufi did with the Republican/independent vote in a recent election here, giving us Kermit. Divide and conquer…

  • It was close enough to merit a second count. There’s no denying that had Trump lost, he would have demanded a recount while “knowingly” announcing that it was rigged.

    Maybe on Stein’s part she was going for extended publicity for herself. Don’t blame Hillary; she didn’t demand a recount and her people weren’t expecting a reversal. But it would be foolish to deliberately NOT recount when the result was so close and some math wizzes were saying that there were some statistical oddities in the voting patterns.

    Trump is the president-elect.

  • Twice…twice. To funny!! Shillary has lost twice. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Now what whining losers? Now what! Its killing me the comedy of her losing twice. Hahahahahahahahahaha.

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