Trump shamed as election recount costing $3m finds Biden GAINED votes in key swing state

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The recount of presidential ballots in the two largest counties in Wisconsin confirmed President-elect Mr Biden defeated rival Mr Trump in the key swing state by more than 20,000 votes. The county clerk said Dane County had finished its recount on Sunday – a few days after Milwaukee County finished its own. Each of the recounts produced little significant change in the final breakdown of the 800,000-plus ballots cast in the state.

But overall, they found Mr Biden’s lead over the outgoing US President had in fact grown by 87 votes.

BBC Newsnight Policy Editor Lewis Goodall tweeted the recount in Wisconsin had cost Mr Trump’s campaign $3million.

He added the recount found no evidence of electoral fraud – which the President has claimed since the result earlier this month – and had instead revealed “untabulated votes” for Mr Biden.

Mr Goodall tweeted: “The Wisconsin recount, requested by and paid for by the Trump campaign, is complete. The result?

“Biden gained 87 votes. As expected, he’s carried the state.

“The recounts of Wisconsin’s two most populous counties (Milwaukee and Dane) has cost the Trump campaign $3 million.

“It has uncovered no evidence of electoral fraud.

“Instead it discovered some untabulated votes which have (net) broken for Biden.

“Trump has nonetheless promised further litigation before the state’s certification.”

On Sunday, the outgoing US President questioned whether the Supreme Court would hear a case around his unproven allegations of widespread election fraud.

The latest comments from Mr Trump in a telephone interview with the Fox News Channel suggests he is increasingly starting to accept the result of the election earlier this month.

He used the interview on the channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” to again make his unproven allegations of election fraud.

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But his campaign and legal team have lost several lawsuits by failing to convince judges of any irregularities in states including Michigan, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada – all of which are crucial to Mr Biden’s victory.

Mr Trump did not specify what legal steps he would take next.

“The problem is it’s hard to get it to the Supreme Court,” he said, without clarifying whether he thought the court would hear an appeal or whether his campaign may not even take that next step.

On Friday, Mr Trump’s legal team suffered defeat in a federal appeals court in a case they were pursuing challenging Mr Biden’s win in Pennsylvania.

Following the ruling, the President’s campaign attorney Jenna Ellis appeared to suggest they would appeal to the US Supreme Court, when she tweeted: “On to SCOTUS!”

But Mr Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani reportedly told the One America News Network the President’s legal team are still deciding which case would be best to pursue at the top court.

Meanwhile Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, chair of the congressional inaugural committee, said the group of lawmakers expect Mr Biden to be sworn in as President on January 30.

He told CNN’s “State of the Union” programme: “We’re working with the Biden administration, the likely administration on both the transition and the inauguration as if we’re moving forward.”

Mr Biden won the presidential election with 306 Electoral College votes – 36 more than the 270 required – compared to Mr Trump’s 222.

He also leads the outgoing President by more than six million in the popular vote tally.

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