Finally! Trump wins Michigan’s 16 electoral votes

Posted at 2:25 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 14:49:18-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has won Michigan’s 16 electoral votes.

The Board of State Canvassers certified Trump’s 10,704-vote victory on Monday, nearly three weeks after the election. The two-tenths of a percentage point margin out of nearly 4.8 million votes is the closest presidential race in Michigan in more than 75 years.

Trump’s win in Michigan gives the Republican 306 electoral votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 232.

Trump is the first Republican presidential nominee to win Michigan since 1988.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein is expected to ask for a recount. She has until Wednesday. Trump would have seven days to file objections to her request.

Stein is on track to raise twice as much for an election recount effort than she did for her own failed Green Party presidential bid.

Fueled by the social media hashtag #recount2016 and millions of dispirited Hillary Clinton voters, Stein’s recount effort in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania had already netted $6.3 million by Monday, according to her campaign website.

That’s millions more than the roughly $3.5 million she raised during her entire campaign.

Stein said she is “proud to stand up for election integrity” regardless of whether it changes the outcome of the presidential race.

Laurence Tribe, a Harvard constitutional law professor, said that recounts are “entirely within the law” and that Stein’s effort is probably aimed more at “trying to gain attention and establish herself as a national player.”