As Jill Stein’s recount is currently underway in Wisconsin, and the process is moving forward in Michigan, vote totals in Pennsylvania have all of the sudden changed in Hillary Clinton’s favor as of yesterday.
Although Stein’s recount efforts in Pennsylvania have been denied by the courts due to lack of any evidence that would indicate voter tampering, a decision that she has appealed and will be heard on Monday, Donald Trump has already lost ground in the state due to previously uncounted absentee and overseas ballots being recorded.
NBC Philadelphia reports that on Friday evening, Donald Trump’s lead over Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania declined by approximately 22,000 votes, bringing the total margin of victory down from 71,000 to 49,000.
With a fight being waged over whether a statewide recount will take place in Pennsylvania, President-elect Donald Trump’s lead in the commonwealth narrowed by some 22,000 votes as counties continued to count votes from last month’s presidential election.
State election officials said Friday evening that Trump now led Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton by 49,000 votes, down from 71,000 as provisional and absentee ballots from overseas are recorded.
The revised vote total was released as Green Party candidate Jill Stein mounted a recount effort in the state. Officials in Philadelphia approved requests to re-check results of a series of machines, but a statewide review remains up in the air.
A court hearing is being held on Monday in Harrisburg that could decide whether a full recount could take place.
What seemed like an insurmountable task of performing a recount in Pennsylvania and it having an impact on the electoral outcome may have become slightly easier. Although election officials still claim that they don’t expect any significant changes to take place that would overturn the ruling of Donald Trump winning the state, the fact that Clinton can suddenly narrow her loss by 22,000 votes should be concerning to any voter, especially when it happens 3 weeks after election day.
The report continues, stating that election officials in Philadelphia were also double checking the voting machines in certain precincts, just to confirm that the results are accurate.
Earlier Friday in Philadelphia, where Clinton defeated Trump by a margin of nearly 455,000 votes, election officials checked electronic voting machines from 75 of the city’s nearly 1,700 wards. Voters in each of the wards in question petitioned for the recount.
The survey, which began around 1 p.m. at the voting machine warehouse along Wissahickon Avenue, was monitored by city commissioners, Stein supporters and representatives from the Republican party.
To re-check the results, a vote tally is printed out of each machine and evaluated. There are normally two machines per ward.
“We certified the election results. We’re doing the exact same thing we did in the computation process. We’re just doing it once again,” said City Commissioner Al Schmidt, a Republican.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortes, a Democrat, has said there’s no evidence of irregularities or cyberattacks related to the election.
“I hope that once the public hears that the counting was done correctly this will wrap up pretty quickly,” said Jonathan Goldstein, an attorney for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania.
In recent presidential elections Philadelphia’s overwhelming Democrat population has typically decided the winner of Pennsylvania, however, this year Donald Trump managed to secure enough votes from outlining counties to overcome that obstacle. With his lead down from 71,000 to 49,000 and 11 days until the federal recount deadline of December 13th, it’s certainly not outside the realm of possibility that tens of thousands of Clinton votes could be “found” in urban areas that may call the results into question.
Although no one in the media, Green party or even the Democratic party seems to think there is any chance of Stein’s recount efforts having an impact, I keep seeing Donald Trump’s vote totals decrease in battleground states where he pulled off a “surprise” win. Before the recount started in Wisconsin, for example, state election officials already determined that 5,000 votes in Trump’s favor were invalid due to an error in tabulating the results, decreasing his lead from 27,000 to 22,000 in the state.
Despite these recent loses, it remains unlikely that any recount will have an overall impact on the outcome of the election, but it’s important for Trump voters to remain vigilant and not succumb to a sense of complacency due to Trump’s overwhelming victory. Remember, it’s that same attitude of over confidence that led Hillary Clinton and the Democrats to their defeat on election day, which none of them saw coming until it was already too late.
Donald Trump did not just defeat the Democratic party, he destroyed the credibility of the media, pollsters and pundits as well as the faith in our government’s globalist agenda. There are a lot of powerful, wealthy people who stand to be negatively impacted during a Trump presidency with an “America First” agenda, and I doubt they are sitting idly by while accepting the will of the voters.