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Wisconsin and Pennsylvania Certify Trump Victory After Recount Effort

A statewide recount in Wisconsin reaffirmed Donald Trump’s victory there and showed little difference from the original vote count, the Wisconsin Elections Commission certified Monday.
Image: Wisconsin's Presidential Election Recount Begins
MADISON, WI - DECEMBER 01: Tabulators work on recounting presidential ballots in Dane County (Wis.) on December 1, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. Green Party candidate Jill Stein has requested Wisconsin and other states to recount the U.S. presidential election. (Photo by Andy Manis/Getty Images)Andy Manis / Getty Images

Wisconsin and Pennsylvania certified Donald Trump’s election victory on Monday, delivering what will likely be one of the final blows to Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s recount effort.

Stein pushed for recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, states where Hillary Clinton was thought to have an edge but ended up in Trump’s column last month.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission certified that the Republican actually picked up 162 votes during the recount, resulting in a more than 22,000 vote victory over Clinton. The final tally changed less than one percent from the original count of the November 8 election.

In Pennsylvania, a judge rejected Stein’s recount effort, clearing the way for the state to certify Trump's victory there. And last week the Michigan Supreme Court denied Stein’s appeal to restart the recount there.

Trump beat Clinton by 10,704 votes in the Wolverine State and 44,292 votes in Pennsylvania.

Stein got about 1 percent of the vote in the three states where she pushed for recounts.