Wisconsin certifies Joe Biden’s win over Donald Trump

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The battleground state of Wisconsin on Monday certified its presidential election results with Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the winner following a partial recount that saw the Democrat expand his lead over President Donald Trump.

“Today, I carried out my duty to certify the November 3rd election,” Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, said after signing a certificate that showed that Biden won the state by nearly 20,700 votes.

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“I want to thank our clerks, election administrators, and poll workers across our state for working tirelessly to ensure we had a safe, fair, and efficient election. Thank you for all your good work,” he said.

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President Trump now has a five-day deadline to file a lawsuit. The President has said his lawsuit may come no later than Tuesday in his longshot attempt to overturn the results of the election.

The President is seeking to disqualify as many as 238,000 ballots. His attorneys have alleged without providing any evidence that there was widespread voter fraud in the state, especially with mail-in ballots.

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President Trump spent $3 million in Wisconsin for recounts in two of the largest counties. When all the votes there were counted, President-elect Joe Biden expanded his lead by 74 votes.

“There is no basis at all for any assertion that there was widespread fraud that would have affected the results,” Wisconsin’s Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul said in a statement on Monday, according to multiple reports.

He noted that Trump’s recount targeted only Milwaukee and Dane, the state’s two most populous counties where the majority of Black people live.

“I have every confidence that this disgraceful Jim Crow strategy for mass disenfranchisement of voters will fail,” Kaul said.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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