The Michigan Board of State Canvassers certified Donald Trump’s presidential victory on Monday, confirming that the president-elect won the state's 16 electoral votes.
Trump won Michigan by “two-tenths of a percentage point margin,” which is the closest voting numbers that state has seen in more than 75 years, The Associated Press noted.
Despite how close the poll results were in Michigan, Hillary Clinton’s overall electoral votes were still no match for the Republican, as she ended with just 232 electoral votes to Trump’s 306, AP noted.
Trump has perhaps put the Republican Party back on the map in Michigan, considering this is the first time a Republican presidential nominee has won Michigan since 1988.
Former President George H.W. Bush was the last Republican presidential nominee to win that state, the Weekly Standard noted.
Trump’s stunning victory of the White House is believed to be heavily due to his success in Michigan and other states, such as Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, the Weekly Standard noted.
Clinton came into this year’s election as the expected favorite in these states based on the fact that these have been blue states for the past two presidential elections with President Barack Obama being victorious.
While a Michigan victory for Trump confirms his presidency, the Board of Canvassers’ certification also marks the start of Jill Stein’s request for a recount, the Detroit Free Press noted.
“Jill Stein will be filing a petition with this board for a manual recount of the votes cast for president in Michigan,” said Mark Brewer, former chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party and lawyer for Stein, according to the Free Press. “The purpose of this manual recount is to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the election. Every vote must be counted.”
Brewer said he will file a request for Stein by Wednesday with that being the last day to do so.
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