The recount demanded by President Donald Trump’s election campaign in Wisconsin’s largest county ended Friday with the election of President-elect Joe Biden.
After the Milwaukee County recount, Biden grew by a net 132 votes out of nearly 460,000 votes cast. In all, the Democrat received 257 votes for Trump 125.
Trump’s campaign called for a recount in Wisconsin’s two most populous and democratically inclined counties after losing Wisconsin by more than 20,000 votes to Biden. The two recalculations will cost the Trump campaign $ 3 million. Dane County is expected to complete its recount on Sunday.
Overall, Biden won the U.S. presidential election in November, with 306 voter college votes for Trump’s 232. Biden also leads the referendum more than 6m.
After the recount is over, Milwaukee County official George Christenson said, “The recount proves what we already know: that the Milwaukee County elections are fair, transparent, accurate and safe.”
The Trump campaign is expected to continue to pose a legal challenge to the overall result in Wisconsin, but time is running out. The state must certify its presidential result on Tuesday.
On Friday, Trump’s legal team suffered another defeat when the Philadelphia Federal Court of Appeals rejected the campaign’s latest efforts to challenge the state’s election results.
Trump’s attorneys say the case will be taken to the Supreme Court, even though Philadelphia judges believe the campaign’s allegations have no merit.
Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote to the panel of three judges: “Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. The accusation of injustice is serious. But calling the election unfair doesn’t do that. Fees require specific statements and then justification. He’s not here either.
Trump continued without evidence that election fraud had taken place in the state, tweeting early Saturday: “The 1,126,940 votes were made by air. I’ve won a lot in Pennsylvania, maybe better than anyone will ever know.
Meanwhile, Trump’s baseless allegations of election fraud in Georgia are increasingly worrying his own party. Republicans are concerned that the chaos caused by Trump’s position and false remarks about the conduct of the election in a key state that Biden won for Democrats could hamper his party’s efforts to retain Senate control.
The state’s two senate terms are scheduled to run in early January, and if Democrats gain both seats, it will give them control over the upper house and the House of Representatives.
When asked at a Thanksgiving daily press conference about previous unfounded fraud in Georgia, Trump said he was “very worried” about them, saying, “You have a fraudulent system. He then called the state’s Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, who defended the state’s election process, “the enemy of the people”.
Such attacks are worrying Republicans as they want to encourage Georgian voters to come to the polls in January, volunteer for Senate campaigns, and, perhaps most importantly, dig deep into their pockets to pay for unexpected run-off contests.
In particular, Trump’s remarks encouraged conspiracy theories that the state’s electoral system was frustrated and prompted some of his supporters to call for a boycott of the next vote – something Georgian Republicans desperately don’t want. “The demonization of Georgia’s entire electoral system is detrimental to his party’s chances of retaining the Senate,” an article published by Politico warned.
With staff from Reuters and the Associated Press