Wisconsin Recount Demanded By Trump Boosts Joe Biden's Margin Of Victory

Mary Papenfuss
·Trends Reporter, HuffPost
·2 min read

Well, that didn’t go as planned. A recount of votes in Milwaukee that Donald Trump’s campaign demanded ended up increasing President-elect Joe Biden’s margin of victory by 132 votes.

The Trump campaign paid $3 million for the partial recount in Wisconsin. The effort also included Dane County (home to the city of Madison), where the recount is expected to be completed Sunday.

In the Milwaukee recount that wrapped up Friday, the number of votes cast for Biden increased by 257, putting him at 317,527. Trump edged up 125 votes for a total of 134,482, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Election officials in Wisconsin complained earlier this week that observers representing the Trump campaign were obstructing the recount.

Observers broke the rules by constantly interrupting vote counters with questions and comments, Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson said. According to election officials, a Trump observer objected to every ballot that tabulators pulled from a bag, simply because they were folded.

At the end of the Milwaukee recount on Friday, Christenson declared it “transparent and fair.”

“There was an examination of every ballot by election workers, a meticulous recounting of every ballot that was properly cast, a transparent process that allowed the public to observe, a fair process that allows the aggrieved candidate who sought the recount an opportunity to observe and object to ballots they believe should not be counted,” he said, according to the Journal.

The Dane County recount must be completed by Tuesday at the latest, in time for the state Elections Commission to certify the results.

Biden won Wisconsin by nearly 21,000 votes, one of several states he flipped this year that Trump won in 2016.

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.