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Trump Pays $3 Million for Partial Wisconsin Vote Recount

Katie Thoresen/WXPR

Updated at 1:07 p.m.

President Donald Trump's campaign has paid $3 million for a recount of two heavily Democratic Wisconsin counties, saying that they were the site of the “worst irregularities.”

That comes although no evidence of wrongdoing has been presented and state elections officials have said there was none.

The recounts in Milwaukee and Dane counties will start no later than Saturday.

In those counties Trump chose for the recount, Democrat Joe Biden received about 577,000 votes compared with about 213,000 for Trump. Biden won statewide by 20,608 votes, based on canvassed results submitted by the counties.

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President Donald Trump has paid $3 million for a partial recount in Wisconsin but has yet to file a petition indicating which counties it is targeting.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission tweeted Wednesday that the Trump campaign has told the commission that it will file the petition by the 5 p.m. deadline.

A statewide recount would cost Trump $7.9 million.

The $3 million he paid would be enough to cover the $2.8 million cost of a recount in the state’s two most Democratic counties of Milwaukee and Dane. In those counties, Democrat Joe Biden received 577,455 votes. He won statewide by 20,608 votes, based on canvassed results submitted by the counties.

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