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Trump condemns push to force recounts in 3 states, including Michigan

Nov 26, 2016

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President-elect Donald Trump is condemning the push to force recounts in three states pivotal to his Nov. 8 victory.

In a statement released by his transition team, Trump called the developing recount effort "a scam."

He says, "The people have spoken and the election is over."

Until now, Trump had ignored Green Party nominee Jill Stein's fight to revisit vote totals in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. But Democratic rival Hillary Clinton forced his hand today by formally joining the effort. Trump says Stein is trying to reel in donations she won't actually spend.

Stein, who drew 1 percent of the vote nationally, is raising millions of dollars to fund the recounts.

Wisconsin officials announced yesterday that they are moving forward with the first presidential recount in state history.

Michigan Republican Party Chairman, Ronna Romney McDaniel, issued the following statement regarding a potential recount in Michigan:

"On November 8th, Michigan voters went to the polls, cast their ballots, and Donald Trump won Michigan. Despite no evidence of election tampering or hacking, and being 2.2 million votes behind Donald Trump, Green Party candidate Jill Stein appears to be going forward with a challenge to the Michigan election results. The Michigan Republican Party has been in touch with the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign, and we are prepared to recruit volunteers, train them, and monitor all recount efforts to ensure that it is done in a fair and legal way.

"We are confident that the results will uphold what Michigan voters decided on Election Day: Donald Trump won Michigan and is the President-elect of the United States."