Biden wins Wisconsin — as Trump demands recount: CNN and AP
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has won the state of Wisconsin in the race for president, by a margin of around 20,000 votes, according to CNN and the Associated press.
In Wisconsin's heavily Democratic counties including Menominee County, Milwaukee County, and Dane County Biden held a substantial lead over President Donald Trump. Other counties Biden carried include: Douglas County, Bayfield County, Ashland County, Eau Claire County, Iowa County, Green County, and Rock County.
The Trump campaign said it would "immediately" request a recount in the state.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien cited unfounded claims of "irregularities" in several counties in Wisconsin. However, it's not clear at all what he was talking about, and Trump has already made bogus claims to try to claim premature victory. A recount is unlikely to overturn a margin as wide as 20,000 votes.
"There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results," Stepien said in the statement, adding, "The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so."
Despite the Trump campaign's call for a recount, some Republicans have expressed doubt that a recount would prove to be beneficial for the president. Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) described the recount as a "high hurdle" to overcome.
"After recount in 2011 race for WI Supreme Court, there was a swing of 300 votes. After recount in 2016 Presidential race in WI, @realDonaldTrump numbers went up by 131. As I said, 20,000 is a high hurdle," Walker tweeted.