You knew that he wouldn’t just accept a losing total quietly.
So it should come as no surprise that the campaign of Donald Trump is questioning the results of the voting tabulated so far in Wisconsin where late tallies from urban areas have led to an over 20,000 vote lead for Joe Biden with more than 98% of the ballots counted as of midday on Wednesday.
The Trump campaign announced their intention to call for a recount of the Badger State’s votes in a tweet sent by the Trump War Room and quoting campaign manager Bill Stepien.
Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien:
"There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results. The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.” pic.twitter.com/YwiNAxzocx
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) November 4, 2020
Stepien didn’t bother specifying what the supposed “irregularities” he alleged to have taken place were exactly, but Trump will force any excuse that he can get to raise doubts about any result that shows him losing to Biden.
The advisability and ultimate efficacy of the Trump campaign’s demand for a recount don’t bode well for the president’s ability to actually change the results of the Wisconsin electorate’s decision.
Former Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker warned Trump on Twitter that Biden’s lead may prove insurmountable given the meager number of votes changed in previous ballot recounts in the state.
After recount in 2011 race for WI Supreme Court, there was a swing of 300 votes. After recount in 2016 Presidential race in WI, @realDonaldTrump numbers went up by 131.
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) November 4, 2020
Forbes reporter Andrew Solender cited a report from Fairvote.org that confirmed that the average change in ballot tallies in Wisconsin after a recount was less than three hundred votes, seemingly ensuring a Biden win of the state’s electoral votes even if this recount wildly exceeds that average.
Trump currently trails Biden by 20,697 votes in Wisconsin, but it seems like basically a given he's gonna request a recount.
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) November 4, 2020
Donald Trump is basically within his rights to demand a recount under Wisconsin state law which specifies that if a race is within a single percentage point between two candidates, the trailing candidate can force a recount.
The good news is that his stalling tactics won’t ultimately affect the outcome in all likelihood.
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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.