Hillary Moves to Join Jill Stein’s Likely Doomed Wisconsin Recount Suit (UPDATE: Judge Rules Against Statewide Hand Recount)
Politics makes for strange bedfellows
Looks like Jill Stein’s recount charade is nearing its end.
Stein and her recount compadre, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, have until 4:30 Tuesday to come up with $3.5 million if the recount is to proceed.
ABC News reports:
The petitioners have until 4:30 p.m. today to submit the money in full, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Donald Trump won the state with 1,404,000 votes, and Hillary Clinton came in second with 1,381,823 votes — a difference of 22,177 votes. Stein had 31,006 votes, and De La Fuente had 1,514 votes.
Stein was informed about the hefty price tag Monday.
Yesterday, we found out Wisconsin will charge us $3.5M—an outrageous increase from the initial estimate of $1.1M for #Recount2016.
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) November 29, 2016
Reportedly, Stein has raised about $6.4 million for her recount efforts.
Meanwhile, Hillary’s camp moved to join the Stein/De La Fuente sideshow saying they believe the hand recount affects them as well:
Stein and Independent presidential candidate Roque De La Fuente have asked for a recount. Stein has asked the recount be completed by hand in every Wisconsin county to verify electronic voting machines weren’t hacked. State elections officials refused to order a hand recount. Stein filed a lawsuit Monday asking a Dane County judge to order a hand recount.
Clinton’s attorneys filed a motion Tuesday seeking to join the lawsuit, arguing the recount could affect her. They also filed a memo supporting the push for a hand recount, saying that method is the most transparent for the public and will ensure the most accurate results.
Stein claims she’s not working in conjunction with any other campaign, but other campaigns have said they’ll observe the recount efforts from the sidelines.
The very same attorney handling Hillary’s recount piggyback encouraged North Carolina’s Republican Governor to drop his recount request:
An attorney for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign who advocated for and joined 2016 Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein’s recount effort is now urging North Carolina’s Republican governor to halt his own process.
Incumbent Gov. Patrick McCrory is currently trailing his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper III, by about 9,000 votes.
Attorney Marc Erik Elias says that is enough of a margin that should convince McCrory to concede:
Cooper’s lead in NC is now 9,133. McCrory should concede. https://t.co/xE64aS9n7T
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) November 28, 2016
UPDATE: Judge rules against hand recount statewide https://t.co/VhwpFUppXI
— Vicki Mckenna (@VickiMcKenna) November 30, 2016
UPDATE (WKOW) — Late Tuesday night, Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn ruled against a hand recount statewide, allowing county clerks to determine how they want to proceed.
Bailey-Rihn says there was no clear and convincing evidence that there was a defect or mistake in the voting process in Wisconsin.
The recount is set to begin Thursday.
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