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

Poll workers, right, verify ballots as tally observers, left, watch during a manual tally of presidential votes in Milwaukee in Central Wisconsin, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Together, the two counties barely changed Biden’s profit margin of approximately 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.

Unprecedented for overturning a result as big as Biden’s, Trump he was expected to go to court after the count is complete. His campaign challenged thousands of absentee votes during the recount, and even before it was complete, Trump tweeted that he would sue.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump leave Marine One. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

“The Wisconsin recount is not about finding errors in the recount, it is about finding people who have voted illegally, and that case will start after the recount ends, Monday or Tuesday,” Trump tweeted on Saturday. “We have found a lot of illegal votes. Stay tuned!”

Trump’s campaign officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the AP on Sunday.

The deadline to certify the vote is Tuesday. The certification is done by the Democratic chairman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, which is bipartisan.

President-elect Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Delaware. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)
The Wisconsin Voters Alliance, a conservative group, has already filed a lawsuit against state election officials who seek to block the certification of results. He makes many of the claims Trump is expected to make. Attorneys for Governor Tony Evers have asked the state Supreme Court to dismiss the lawsuit. Evers, a Democrat, called the complaint a “hodgepodge of legal distortions” that uses factual misrepresentations in an attempt to deprive millions of Wisconsin residents of the right to vote.

Another lawsuit filed over the weekend by Wisconsin resident Dean Mueller contends that ballots placed in mailboxes are illegal and should not be counted.

From Mr. Trump the lawyers have complained on absentee ballots where voters identified themselves as “indefinitely confined,” allowing them to cast an absentee vote without showing photo identification; Ballots that have a certification envelope with two different colors of ink, indicating that a poll worker may have helped fill it out; and absentee ballots that do not have a separate written record for their application, such as absentee ballots in person.

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

The Trump campaign has already failed in other courts without evidence of widespread fraud, which experts agree does not exist.

His legal challenges have failed in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.


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