Politics

Trump's Lead In PA Drops, Stein Pushes Recount

| by Jordan Smith

President-elect Donald Trump's overall lead over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania has dropped significantly following the tallying of overseas ballots.

The Republican candidate’s margin of victory was down from 71,000 to 49,000, or 0.8 percent of the vote, according to figures released Dec. 2, ZeroHedge reported.

A margin of less than 0.5 percent is required to trigger an automatic recount in the state.

But Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is continuing her campaign to initiate a full recount in Pennsylvania. She held a rally across the street from Trump Tower in New York City with her supporters on Dec. 5.

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“This recount advances our fundamental right to vote,” Stein told the rally. “These things are the bedrock of our democracy. It’s the first step towards an electoral system that is just.”

Although Stein has not presented any concrete evidence of voting fraud, she has pointed to reports suggesting the integrity of the voting system in Pennsylvania may have been compromised.

“Whether it will change the outcome, we don’t know, and it would be unfair to raise expectations that the outcome will change,” she added. “That is not our intent. This is about ensuring that all votes get counted and that voters can trust the system going forward. We are here to assure Donald Trump that he has nothing to be afraid of.”

The application for a recount was filed in federal court Dec. 5. Stein’s attorneys allege that the Nov. 8 vote was illegal because there may have been irregularities with the electronic voting machines used.

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“The sad reality is that the voting system in Pennsylvania is a disgrace and a disaster,” Jonathan Abady, Stein’s lead counsel, told The Huffington Post.

On Dec. 2, attorneys for Trump filed documents seeking to prevent the recount.

“There is no evidence -- or even an allegation -- that any tampering with Pennsylvania’s voting systems actually occurred,” the filing read.

Trump’s attorneys have also filed similar complaints in Michigan and Wisconsin to halt recounts backed by Stein.

A court ruled Dec. 2 that Stein had to pay a bond of $1 million for the Pennsylvania recount. She has estimated the total cost for fees across the three states will be $9.5 million.

Sources: ZeroHedge, The Huffington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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