Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign will take part in a recount effort in Wisconsin which was originally launched by Jill Stein’s Green Party on Friday.
Three states which were part of the what is considered the “Blue Wall” made the difference on whether the presidency would go to President-elect Donald Trump or his rival.
On Wednesday, Jill Stein’s campaign launched a fundraising effort to pay for a recount effort in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, originally seeking $2.5 million, but eventually raising that goal to $7 million. The campaign has so far raised nearly $5.9 million, and on Friday, filed for a recount in Wisconsin ahead of the deadline for that state.
Wisconsin’s election board on Friday responded by approving the recount requested by the Green Party. Stein has said that she want to guarantee the integrity of the U.S. voting system since computer hacking had marked the November 8 election.
While the votes in all three states were relatively close, it is unlikely that a recount effort is going to make a difference in the ultimate result even if it manages to flip one or two of the states as particularly in Pennsylvania, Clinton’s deficit seems insurmountable — currently, at over 70,000 votes. In order for the race to be tilted to Clinton, all three of the subject states need to be flipped to her column.
Meanwhile, Republican Donald Trump in true Trump fashion called the effort “ridiculous.”
Clinton campaign counsel Marc Elias said that the campaign would take part in the recount in Wisconsin as well as in the other battleground states of Pennsylvania and Michigan to the extent recount efforts are launched there. In a statement, he said that the campaign had not planned to seek a recount since its own investigation had failed to turn up any sign of hacking of voting systems.
“But now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides,” Elias said. He added that the campaign should be legally represented in Wisconsin to be able to monitor the recount.
In a statement, Trump said the three states had been won by wide margins, including by more than 70,000 votes in Pennsylvania. The recount is a “scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded,” he said.
He added that the $7 million that Stein has sought to raise is a way to “fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount.”
The deadline for filing for a recount in Pennsylvania is Monday.