If President-elect Donald Trump isn’t worried about that distant speck in his rear-view mirror, he should be. It’s onetime rival Hillary Clinton, and according to the results at the end of the first day of Wisconsin’s presidential vote recount, the former secretary of state has narrowed the gap by which Trump won the state by precisely one vote.
Trump defeated Clinton in Wisconsin’s initial tally by about 1%, or just over 22,000 votes. Nevertheless, Green Party candidate Jill Stein (who finished a very distant fourth) is demanding a full recount after suggesting that fraud or technological glitches may have swayed the results. In response to Stein’s demand, Wisconsin began recounting all its ballots Thursday.
But the first results to emerge suggest the final tally will be rather close to the original one. Only Menominee County, home to the Menominee Indian Reservation, fully reported its recounted results on the first day. It found 17 extra votes for Stein and 12 for Libertarian Gary Johnson, while removing two votes from Trump and one from Clinton.
When all the results are combined, the recount narrowed the gap between Clinton and Trump by just a single vote.
At her current pace, Clinton will overtake Trump in Wisconsin in approximately 74 and a half years. Unfortunately, the recount is expected to last just two weeks.
This report, by Blake Neff, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.