Joe Biden Wins Wisconsin, For Now, But Trump Campaign Says It Will Request Recount

( Even before any major media network called the election in Wisconsin, President Donald Trump’s campaign has already called for an immediate recount of the votes.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Bill Stepien, the campaign manager for Trump’s campaign, said:

“Despite ridiculous public polling used as a voter suppression tactic, Wisconsin has been a razor thing race as we always knew that it would be. 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.”

Not long after Stepien released his statement, several news networks including CNN called Wisconsin and its 10 Electoral votes for Democratic candidate Joe Biden. The vote total is extremely close, though.

According to CNN’s projection, Biden garnered 49.4% of the vote in Wisconsin with 1,630,389 total votes. Trump garnered 48.8% of the vote in the state, with 1,609,879 votes.

By election law, any candidate can call for a recount in a state if the margin of victory is within 1%, which is where the current vote count stands.

When CNN and other networks called Wisconsin for Biden, the administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Meagan Wolfe, said there were only 300 votes still outstanding, and all were from one town in the state. On a Wednesday virtual call, Wolfe said election officials were in the process of triple-checking Wisconsin’s results.

She said:

“Elections are a meticulous process. So, everything is recorded by your local election official. If there’s anything abnormal that happens, they record it … so there’s a paper trail for everything.”

Once the process of doing that is over, then the vote totals will need to be certified. That probably won’t happen until November 17, though, which means a recount still be a little ways away.

On CNN, Wolfe said the state hadn’t received an official request for a recount from the Trump administration yet. The deadline for the Trump campaign to formally request a recount is three days after the state elections board receives all the results from the county election boards.

Wolfe said she’s working with county election officials to prepare for the possibility of the recount. The 72 county election boards are responsible for conducting recounts in Wisconsin.

She said:

“Every step of elections is carefully planned and executed, and every document … are maintained as part of the process and are available for public inspection. So, I think that we’ll find that our local election officials … did a phenomenal job yesterday.”

In the 2016 election, Trump won Wisconsin and its 10 Electoral votes by less than 1% over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Wisconsin conducted a recount then, but the results didn’t change at all.

Wolfe told CNN that the recount process would be fluid, but that the state was required by law to certify their final election results by December 1.