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Judge Ends Michigan Recount Seals Trump's State Victory

A federal judge has ruled to cease recount efforts in Michigan on the grounds that Green Party candidate Jill Stein did not have a chance of winning.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith agreed to start the recount in Michigan on Dec. 5, the Daily Mail reported. But just three days later, a state court ruled that Stein, who finished last in Michigan on Election Day, did not have a chance to win.

Goldsmith then agreed with Republicans to end the recount.

"Because there is no basis for this court to ignore the Michigan court's ruling and make an independent judgment regarding what the Michigan Legislature intended by the term 'aggrieved,' plaintiffs have not shown an entitlement to a recount," Goldsmith said in a statement.

Goldsmith said that the initial decision to start the recount had to do with timing, not whether it was appropriate. Early results from the recount showed minor changes in vote totals.

President-elect Trump reportedly won Michigan by 10,700 votes over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

State Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel and Attorney General Bill Schuette called the decision to end the recount a victory for taxpayers and voters.

"Jill Stein, who received only 1.07 per cent of the vote in Michigan, is not legally entitled to hijack the will of voters and drag them into an arduous and expensive publicity stunt," McDaniel said, according to The Associated Press.

Stein has pushed for recounts in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. She received about 1 percent of the vote in all three states. The Green Party candidate has insisted that she is more concerned about the accuracy of the election.

Goldsmith said Stein's legal team merely presented "speculative claims" about vulnerable voting machines, and "not actual injury." He added that a recount to test the integrity of the voting system "has never been endorsed by any court."

Stein's attorneys, Hayley Horowitz and Jessica Clarke, said they were "deeply disappointed" by the ruling, but added that they are not "backing down from this fight."

“Backed by Michigan Republicans, Donald Trump — who himself has repeatedly alleged widespread voter fraud and a 'rigged election — suddenly sees no need for a routine verification of the democratic process in Michigan,” their statement read, according to the Associated Press. “His efforts to suppress the vote count is a stunning about-face, even by Trump's own standards.”

Sources: AP via Daily Mail, The Detroit News / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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