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Stats Expert Silver Says Recount 'Very Unlikely' to Overturn Results

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By    |   Sunday, 27 Nov 2016 05:37 PM

The recount of the presidential election in Wisconsin is very unlikely to change the results, statistician Nate Silver tweeted Sunday.

Green Party nominee Jill Stein called for the recount after a group of prominent computer scientists and election lawyers said they detected an alleged pattern might point to voter manipulation, which was also apparent in Michigan and Pennsylvania. These experts said Hillary Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in Wisconsin counties that mainly used electronic voting machines, which could have been a result of hacking.

Clinton's campaign said it would participate in the recount process.

But Silver, who is editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight, a website that mostly utilizes statistical analysis and focuses on opinion poll analysis, politics, economics, and sports blogging, said the suspicious results can be explained when controlling for demographic factors like race and education.

Although Silver doubts the results will change, he is not against the procedure, particularly after President-elect Donald Trump so harshly criticized the recount.

However, Silver did emphasize the recount should be seen for what it is.

Despite the Clinton campaign's participation in the recount process, The New York Times reported U.S. officials said the results "accurately reflect the will of the American people," despite Russian attempts to undermine the presidential election.

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The recount of the presidential election in Wisconsin is very unlikely to change the results, statistician Nate Silver tweeted Sunday.
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