Hillary Clinton’s team has announced that she’ll join the efforts to push for recounts in key swing states such as Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, after Green party candidate Jill Stein raised millions of dollars in a matter of days to get votes counted again.
Marc Elias, the Clinton campaign’s counsel, wrote on Medium that there have been “hundreds of messages, emails, and calls urging us to do something, anything, to investigate claims that the election results were hacked and altered in a way to disadvantage” Clinton’s campaign. He added, “Three states that together proved decisive in this presidential election and where the combined margin of victory for Donald Trump was merely 107,000 votes.”
But he added that the campaign hasn’t uncovered evidence of hacking or compromising of voting systems.
If the three battleground states flip to Clinton, she’ll stand to win 278 votes, which would enable her to win the general election—although that scenario seems unlikely.
The Cook Political Report says that Clinton is leading President-elect Donald Trump by 2.2 million votes.
Trump slammed the recount effort, saying in a statement that “the election is over.”
“The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, ‘We must accept this result and then look to the future,'” Trump said in the statement.
Regarding Stein’s fundraising to push for recounts, Trump described it as a “scam.”
“The Green Party scam to fill up their coffers by asking for impossible recounts is now being joined by the badly defeated & demoralized Dems,” he tweeted Saturday night.
Stein, in an interview with CNN, responded to Trump’s comments.
“He may be creating his own facts here as he’s been known to do some times in the past,” Stein said. “He himself said it was rigged election unless he won it.”