Elections Board expected to call Michigan for Trump today, Stein working on MI recount

Posted at 10:19 AM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 10:19:36-05

The spotlight is on Michigan today as County Clerks' offices statewide brace for a recount of the presidential race.

Former Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein is leading the recall effort in three key swing states: Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.

Michigan's Board of Canvassers will meet this afternoon to certify the state's election results.

They are expected to call Michigan for President-elect Donald Trump. Unofficial results show Trump with a lead over Hillary Clinton of a little more than 10,000 votes.

Once that certification is done, Stein has until Wednesday to file for a recount in Michigan.

As of this morning, Stein has raised over $6.2 million in this recount effort, just shy of her $7 million goal.

Since starting the effort last week, Stein has officially filed for a recount in Wisconsin and has until 5 p.m. today to file in Pennsylvania.

Stein says the recount effort is to ensure that every vote is counted, and to guarantee that hacking didn't affect election results.

"Donald Trump himself expressed concerns about the rigged political system and he had enormous resonance with that," says Stein. "To my mind, we haven't proved rigging or un-rigging."

Trump calls the recount campaign 'a scam' and 'ridiculous', and his campaign says he has been gracious to Clinton.

"The idea that we're going to drag this out now where the President-elect has been incredibly magnanimous to the Clintons and Obamas is incredible," says Trump Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway.

Hillary Clinton's campaign announced over the weekend that it has officially joined the recount effort.

However, Clinton's team says it has not found any evidence of hacking. But, lawyers for Clinton say they are taking part to ensure the election was fair on all sides.

Her campaign counsel writes online that the number of votes separating the two candidates in Michigan well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount.