Trump campaign says it will request Wisconsin recount
November 4, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
The Trump campaign says it will “immediately” request a recount in the battleground of Wisconsin. But under Wisconsin law, a campaign can’t petition for said recount until the Wisconsin Election Commission completes the canvass from county election boards.
President Trump's campaign is signaling to its allies it plans extensive legal challenges in states where vote margins are currently slim, including Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien told campaign surrogates in a telephone call this morning that campaign lawyers are already in those states in anticipation of filings, a person familiar with the matter said.
Trump campaign officials told allies on the call that the first likely step would be requesting recounts in states including Wisconsin and Michigan.
Trump campaign lawyers are currently on the ground in several other states, including North Carolina and Georgia, officials familiar with the matter said.
Wisconsin’s chief election official said all votes have now been counted statewide, except for a small town with fewer than 300 voters.
Meagan Wolfe, the administrator of the Wisconsin Election Commission said she misspoke earlier this morning when she told a different news outlet that all of the unofficial results were in from municipal clerks across the state.
"Today at 4:00 is actually the deadline for municipalities to start their canvass process and route their materials over to counties where they start their certification process at the county level," Wolfe said, adding that once those ballots are certified at the local and county levels, they are then checked by the state.
On the campaign call this morning, officials said they ultimately expected to see the final tally in Arizona reflect a thin margin of victory for Trump.
The Trump campaign outlined a strategy to selectively attempt to stop vote counts in states based on where the math works for the President during a conference call, CNN's White House correspondent John Harwood reported.
CNN's John Harwood analyzes Trump campaign's strategy:
At a rally in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on the eve of Election Day, Trump said campaign lawyers “will be going in and they’ll be fighting. ”