The Trump campaign on Wednesday announced that it will request a recount in the state of Wisconsin as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden currently has a “razor-thin lead” over President Trump by 0.6%.
“There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results. The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement.
By Wednesday morning, Biden was up by 20,000 votes in Wisconsin with no major news network calling the winner of the 10 electoral votes. The Biden campaign during a zoom call with reporters on the state of the race expressed optimism in winning the Badger State, acknowledging that the Trump campaign will request a potential recount in Wisconsin.
“We are going to win Wisconsin, recount or no recount,” Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said.
Biden campaign adviser, Bob Bauer dismissed the Trump campaign threat of potential court battle.
“We’re fully prepared for it because it’s almost as if they handed their strategic playbook to us and read it to us out loud,” Bauer said.
A candidate who is within the 1% of the projected winner can request an automatic recount
In 2016, Trump won Wisconsin by less than 1 percentage point, carrying the state by less than 23,000 votes. A recount was requested by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein who paid the $3.5 million to force Wisconsin to recount nearly 3 million ballots before the federal deadline. The end result found Trump gaining 844 votes to his previous total count.
Wisconsin was one of the six states that were too close to call in the presidential race heading into Wednesday morning with both campaign mapping out different potential victory as states began counting the millions of mail-in ballot that was cast amid the coronavirus pandemic.