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The Fate of Michigan's Election is Finally In--And We Have a Winner in Tightest Race in State History


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While Donald Trump has been recognized as the president-elect, for all intents and purposes, there have been results up in the air since November 8th. Not all states have certified their results, and some are on the verge of recount: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania being major states in question.

Michigan had been an outstanding state yet to determine an election winner. That is, until tonight.

Donald J. Trump is the winner of Michigan in the closest race in state history by the margin of 10,704 votes, the Detroit Free Press reported. As the news site noted:

The Michigan Secretary of State posted results Wednesday that were submitted by the state's 83 county clerks on Tuesday after the votes were reviewed and certified by each county.

Before that compiled count, Trump held a 13,107 lead over Clinton. But after each county certified its results, the lead shrunk to 10,704, with the biggest chunk coming from Wayne County, which showed that Clinton had gotten 565 more votes than originally tallied by the county.

Trump will be the first Republican presidential candidate to win the State of Michigan since 1988. The major vote totals, as they stand:

  • Donald J. Trump, Republican: 2,279,543
  • Hillary Clinton, Democratic: 2,268,839
  • Gary Johnson, Libertarian: 172,136
  • Jill Stein, Green: 51,463

Jill Stein of the Green Party is reportedly poised for a vote recount in three states, despite her modest vote totals.

The Guardian reported that she has raised over $2 million for the effort. The Green Party candidate's rationale? As reported:

Stein said she was acting due to “compelling evidence of voting anomalies” and that data analysis had indicated “significant discrepancies in vote totals” that were released by state authorities.

“These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified,” she said in a statement. “We deserve elections we can trust.”

The recounts in the states would primarily work to give Hillary Clinton a fighting chance to take a state off the board. And in addition to Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, North Carolina is also bracing for a recount in the gubernatorial race after Republican Pat McRory lost his initial bid for re-election.

The current Electoral College totals in the presidential election race project Trump to win 306 votes to Hillary Clinton's 232 votes. Hillary Clinton miraculously winning any one state in a recount would not be enough to give her the presidential election.