Clinton’s Campaign Joins Jill Stein’s Effort For Election Recount That Trump Calls A ‘Scam’ – But Here’s Why Hillary Likely Won’t Win
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein has been given more than enough money to push for a general election recount. Now Hillary Clinton’s campaign has gotten on board to question the election results in key swing states that Donald J. Trump won and helped drive him to the White House.
Stein was compelled to call for the recounts after reading a New York Magazine article where a group of computer scientists and election lawyers said that they “found persuasive evidence that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked.”
Stein said the recounts are an “election integrity movement” that aims to “shine a light on just how untrustworthy the US election system is.”
Stein told PBS, “This is not being done to benefit one candidate at the expense of the other.” However, the recounts are only being done in states where Trump won by small margins. Clinton won Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Nevada by fewer votes than Trump won Pennsylvania. Trump won Pennsylvania by approximately 78,000 votes, whereas Hillary won New Hampshire by less than 3,000 votes, won Minnesota by less than 44,000 votes and Nevada by around 26,000 votes.
Stein initially asked for $2.5 million to crowdfund the recount. Once that goal was reached she raised the goal to $4 million. Once that goal was reached she raised the goal to $7 million.
However, Stein stated these were the costs in doing a recount:
Wisconsin: $1.1 million
Pennsylvania: $0.5 million
Michigan: $0.6 million
Stein states that the new costs are to pay for possible attorney costs.
“This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing,” President-elect Trump said.
There’s also no guarantee the recounts will go ahead, with the money raised going toward filings that may be turned down. Even Stein herself said the election is “unlikely” to overturned.
“It should go without saying that we take these concerns extremely seriously,” writes Marc Elias, general counsel for Clinton’s campaign. “We certainly understand the heartbreak felt by so many who worked so hard to elect Hillary Clinton, and it is a fundamental principle of our democracy to ensure that every vote is properly counted.”
Elias also notes on his piece in Medium that his camp’s investigation has not uncovered anything pointing to sabotage.
If the votes in all three states were overturned, Clinton would technically have the edge in electoral college votes — 278 to Trump’s revised 260.
Tellingly, the pleas for recounts have gained no support from the Clinton campaign, which has concluded, along with outside experts, that it is highly unlikely the outcome would change even after an expensive and time-consuming review of ballots.