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Trump-funded Wisconsin recount starts Friday in two Democratic counties



The Wisconsin Elections Commission has approved a recount of presidential votes starting Friday in two large Democrat-dominated counties as President Trump’s campaign seeks to reverse President-elect Joe Biden’s narrow win.

The board unanimously approved the partial state recount early Thursday after Republican commissioners blocked a push to revise a manual for election workers.

Trump’s campaign paid $3 million this week for the recount.

Biden leads by 20,608 votes in Wisconsin, but Republicans hope to undo his advantage with recounts in Milwaukee County, the state’s most populous, and Dane County, which includes state capital Madison.

County officials have until Dec. 1 to complete it, WKOW-TV reports.

Trump won Wisconsin by 22,748 votes in 2016, but this year state officials booted the left-wing Green Party’s presidential ticket for incorrectly listing its vice presidential candidate’s address on some forms. Green Party candidate Jill Stein took 31,072 votes in 2016.

Wisconsin officials also banned independent candidate Kanye West — who got 7,937 votes in next-door Minnesota — from the ballot for submitting his candidacy forms 14 seconds late.

A statewide recount of Wisconsin ballots in 2016 — financed by Stein and Democrats seeking to reverse Trump’s win — gave Trump a slightly greater advantage. It added 844 votes to his total and 713 votes for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s campaign claims he can still win a second term through litigation and recounts in crucial swing states that broke for Biden. But the effort has been frustrated by legal setbacks and Georgia officials are expected to release on Thursday the results of a recount that confirms Biden’s narrow win in the state.

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