Posted: 3:00 am Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Two weeks after President-Elect Donald Trump claimed victory in the race for the White House, a report out on Tuesday said that Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been urged to challenge voting results in some areas of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
The reason? The experts say they’ve found that Clinton received fewer votes in counties in those three states that used electronic voting machines.
Team of computer scientists presented Clinton campaign with evidence that WI voting machines may have been hackedhttps://t.co/EnHq9wGbB6
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) November 22, 2016
Yes, that echoes of a charge that the election might be “rigged.”
You can read the report for yourself – the key paragraph includes the admission that this group of experts has not found any proof of wrongdoing – but they think there are voting results that are “suspicious” in three states that she narrowly lost.
Voting experts didn’t exactly jump on board.
“It’s hard to stress how weak this is,” said Nate Cohn, a numbers guy who covers elections for the New York Times.
Metro Wisconsin, where Clinton did well, uses paper; rural Wisc, where she collapsed like everywhere, is electronic. https://t.co/4aF9ooOnWe
— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) November 23, 2016
The Clinton campaign saw this evidence and seemingly decided to do nothing with it.
— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) November 23, 2016
Nate Silver of 538 said it is possible to find data that looks suspicious, but he said, “the effect completely disappears once you control for race and education levels, the key factors in predicting vote shifts this year.”
Meanwhile, the vote count continues
Slowly but surely, the fifty states are certifying their election results, as the numbers keep rolling in from around the country.
Hillary Clinton's national popular vote lead just surpassed 2 million (1.5%): https://t.co/j58GaxfPmH
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 23, 2016
Of course, let’s emphasize that the popular vote count doesn’t mean anything for the outcome of the race in 2016, as Hillary Clinton leads the raw vote by almost 1.8 million, but Donald Trump is the one who is President-Elect.
As for what is still to be counted – many of the votes that are still coming in are from California, which makes it easy to vote by provisional ballot – but it takes some time to figure out whether those voters were eligible or not.
Earlier this week, California still had over 1 million votes to tabulate.
— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) November 21, 2016
“It typically takes weeks for counties to process and count all of the ballots,” the California Secretary of State’s office says on its website, as elections officials have 28 days from the election to certify their final numbers.
As for the race for President, there are also votes still coming in from Michigan, which is the only state that has not been called by the Associated Press.
Right after the elections, Trump led by over 13,000 votes – but that has now dropped to under 10,000.
With the largest counties already reporting their official results, here's where the count in MI stands
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) November 23, 2016
So, if you ask me why Michigan is still TBD, that’s why.
And the people who like to dig deep into the numbers have also come up with new maps to better explain what went on:
The red states are where Trump won a higher share of the vote than Romney did in 2012. pic.twitter.com/ekuCwy7XXE
— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) November 21, 2016
Pink states are ones where Trump's vote share was lower than both McCain's and Romney's. pic.twitter.com/6qn32odZNz
— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) November 22, 2016
And here is an interesting number – Trump is now the top-ranked GOP candidate ever in terms of raw votes.
Last night, Trump’s vote tally surpassed Bush’s 62.04 million votes. At 62.21 and counting, Trump is the biggest vote-getter in GOP history.
— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) November 23, 2016
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.