Wisconsin's recount is over – Trump wins again

The recount added 131 votes to Trump's victory margin
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After spending 10 days tabulating nearly 3 million presidential ballots by hand, Wisconsin learned that Donald Trump really did win.

In fact, he won by just a little more than the election night results showed.

Late Monday the Wisconsin Elections Commission certified the results of the recount that Green Party candidate Jill Stein requested and paid for. The commission says the new totals added 131 votes to Trump's narrow victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

More than 2.9 million votes were cast and Trump wound up winning by 22, 478, the recount showed.

Under U.S. law, the state has a December 13 deadline to certify its election results. When the recount started on Dec. 1, state officials sounded nervous about meeting that deadline. They said Monday the election staff in some counties had worked nights and weekends to get done in time.

Was it a waste?

Jill Stein, who got about 1 percent of the votes, was not a factor in the outcome. But with concerns raised about hackers possibly interfering with voting results, Stein raised money for recounts in three states – Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania – saying it was important to validate the results.

The Wisconsin State Journal says one member of the election commission called Stein's move "an abuse of the system" on Monday.

Mark Thomsen, who chairs the commission, disagreed, though. He said in a statement that voters were the real winners in the recount because "they can have confidence that Wisconsin’s election results accurately reflect the will of the people, regardless of whether they are counted by hand or by machine."

Stein paid $3.5 million for the recount based on an estimate of what it would cost. The State Journal says the actual cost won't be known until later this month when figures come in from the counties.

Trump has a rally scheduled at the Wisconsin state fairgrounds Tuesday night as part of his "thank you tour" of battleground states that helped him in his upset victory over Clinton.

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