(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- President Donald Trump’s election campaign has filed for partial recounts of Wisconsin, focusing on several “key” counties where discrepancies in results were most common.
John Roberts, the White House correspondent for Fox News, announced the decision on Twitter, confirming that the request for a recount in Wisconsin will focus on certain areas of the state where possible fraud or irregularities are expected to be most common.
“The @realDonaldTrump WI recount request will NOT be statewide – it will be a PARTIAL recount in several key counties,” he said.
UPDATE TO BREAKING: The @realDonaldTrump WI recount request will NOT be statewide – it will be a PARTIAL recount in several key counties. No word on WHICH counties yet.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) November 18, 2020
“No word on WHICH counties yet,” he added.
CNBC reported that the Trump campaign had wired $3 million to election officials in Wisconsin to pay for the cost of the recount, and confirmed that the campaign had announced the efforts will be focused on Milwaukee and Dane.
Milwaukee contains the city of Milwaukee, and Dane contains Madison, the state’s capital. According to the campaign, the two areas contain irregularities that they would like to see investigated through a vote recount and audit.
Election officials in Wisconsin said that the recount request was filed in person and that it appears, “upon facial review, to meet all of the requirements in pairing with the payment that was received late yesterday.”
Election official Meagan Wolfe said she was aware that the “eyes of the world will be on these Wisconsin counties over the next few weeks.”
“We remain committed to providing information about the process and assisting our country clerks by providing facts on the mechanics of a recount and status updates.”
The Wisconsin Elections Commission met on Wednesday to discuss the recount, and a 13-day window will be established for the recount to take place, meaning it will be December before the results are fully known and the state can certify the results.
If widespread fraud or vote-counting irregularities are in fact discovered in the state, it could potentially flip it for President Donald Trump. As it stands, Democratic candidate Joe Biden has 49.5% of the vote in the state, and Trump has 48.8%. President Donald Trump won the state in 2016 with less than a 1% lead over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Dane and Milwaukee are the biggest and most populous counties in the state, with large minority populations. Democrats will likely attempt to push this as a race issue, but the fact is that President Donald Trump did better with minority voters than any Republican presidential candidate in recent history, meaning it is well within the realm of possibility that the president performed better in these counties than first assumed.
The question now is…will the state follow through with an audit, or will they back out and perform a basic recount like officials did in Georgia?