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Wisconsin’s two largest counties have concluded recounts requested by the Trump campaign, with the results slightly increasing Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s margin of victory and reaffirming his win over President Trump in this month’s election.
Dane County certified its election results on Sunday, and Milwaukee County certified its totals on Friday. The Wisconsin Elections Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday.
The conclusion of the recount adds yet another loss in the Trump campaign’s effort to upend Mr. Biden’s win. The president’s team has been dealt a series of losses in court in several key states, including Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Wisconsin completed a partial recount Sunday, which added to President-elect Joe Biden's lead in the 2020 presidential election by an additional 87 votes ahead of Tuesday, when the state is set to certify results.
President Trump vowed to challenge the outcome in court even before the recount concluded. He spent $3 million to force a recount.
"The Wisconsin recount is not about finding mistakes in the count, it is about finding people who have voted illegally, and that case will be brought after the recount is over, on Monday or Tuesday," Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday. "We have found many illegal votes. Stay tuned!"
Wisconsin finished its recount of votes cast in this month’s presidential election on Sunday, with only miniscule changes in the results that saw Democrat Joe Biden defeat Republican Donald Trump in the battleground state.
Dane County, which includes the state capital of Madison, reported only small changes in its vote totals, mirroring the earlier results of the recount conducted in Milwaukee County. Trump gained 45 votes in Dane County, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Biden won the state by nearly 20,600 votes and his margin in Milwaukee and Dane counties was about 2-to-1.
President Donald Trump’s campaign will make a new legal challenge in Wisconsin after the state finishes its recount this week, Trump announced Saturday.
Biden took the state by more than 20,000 votes, a lead the recount is unlikely to overturn. Trump says his campaign will seek to remove individuals they say voted illegally, an argument they’ve made unsuccessfully in several other states.