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Stein calls Wisconsin's $3.5M recount cost 'exorbitant,' seeks more funds

Stein calls Wisconsin's $3.5M recount cost 'exorbitant,' seeks more funds

The US state of MI, where the vote count after the November 8 election took almost three weeks officially proclaimed Republican Donald Trump the victor over Democrat Hillary Clinton by slightly more than 10,000 votes.

In raw votes, Trump garnered 2,279,543 valid votes, to Clinton's 2,268,839.

'CNN is so embarrassed by their total (100%) support of Hillary Clinton, and yet her loss in a landslide, that they don't know what to do, ' he wrote.

The only recount in a presidential race was in Florida in 2000, according to FairVote, but it was halted by the U.S. Supreme Court with George W. Bush winning by 537 votes.

Stein, though, has proclaimed the machine-based recount a violation of her petition.

The Green party has raised more than £5.2million via crowdfunding to help pay for the recount across the three swing-states.

Stein is hoping for a recount in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania - all states where Clinton narrowly lost to Trump. That starts the clock on a request for a statewide recount that has been called for by Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

The board of state canvassers has certified Donald Trump's win, saying he took MI by just over 10,000 votes.

Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein caused a bit of a ruckus last week when she raised millions of dollars to fund a recount effort in states like Wisconsin and MI, where she claims faulty voting machines may have been hacked by unknown parties. "According to Wanda Murren, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of State", the website reported, "the deadline for a voter-initiated recount was Monday, Nov. 21".

Top election officials in states where Trump alleged voter fraud have rebuked his assertions, calling them "unsubstantiated". Unsurprisingly, many of those donating to the recount effort are disgruntled supporters of Clinton.

Consequently, the former presidential candidate who won less than 2 percent of the national vote filed a suit in Dane County, Wisconsin, to force a hand recount.

For its part, Clinton's campaign said it would participate in the recount despite having found no "actionable evidence" of impropriety in the polling. This year was the first time in nearly three decades that a Republican presidential candidate won the Wolverine State.