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The latest on US election recounts and court challenges: Wisconsin recount confirms Joe Biden beat Donald Trump - ABC News

US President Donald Trump's team was dealt another blow on the weekend as recounts in Wisconsin's two largest counties confirmed Joe Biden won the hotly contested state by more than 20,000 votes.

Trump's team has vowed to challenge the results, alleging problems with voting legality without elaborating or providing any evidence.

Trump's legal challenges have already failed in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania.

However, Trump is still vowing to take the Pennsylvania challenge to the Supreme Court, despite his lawyers saying they are still weighing up whether it would be worth it.

Meanwhile, Georgia is working to complete its third recount. The state has already delivered victory to Biden twice.

A number of states have already certified their results.


Wisconsin has finished its recount, confirming Biden's victory over Trump in the key battleground state.

Joe Biden stands at a lecturn in front of an American flag as he gives a speech in Pittsburgh
President-elect Joe Biden will have a difficult task in his first term.(AP/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Alexandra Wimley)

Dane County was the second and final county to finish its recount, reporting a 45-vote gain for Trump.

Milwaukee County reported its results on Friday local time, giving Biden a 132-vote gain.

Taken together, the two counties barely budged Biden's winning margin of about 20,600 votes, giving him a net gain of 87 votes.

Trump vowed to challenge the outcome in court even before the recount — for which he had paid $US3 million — ended.

On Saturday he again tweeted allegations of voter fraud, which experts widely agree does not exist.

"The Wisconsin recount is not about finding mistakes in the count, it is about finding people who have voted illegally, and that case will be brought after the recount is over, on Monday or Tuesday," Trump said.

The deadline to certify the vote is Tuesday local time.

The Wisconsin Voters Alliance, a conservative group, has already filed a lawsuit against state election officials, seeking to block certification of the results.

Another suit filed over the weekend by Wisconsin resident Dean Mueller argued that ballots placed in drop boxes before polling day were illegal and must not be counted.


Trump is still vowing to take his challenge over Pennsylvania's results to the Supreme Court, even though he himself acknowledged it might be difficult to make a case.

"The problem is it's hard to get it to the Supreme Court," the President told Fox News on Sunday.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani spent five hours in court last week arguing unsuccessfully and without proof that the election had been marred by widespread fraud in Pennsylvania.

He said the legal team was still weighing which case might be appropriate to pursue in the top court.

Donald Trump embracing Rudy Giuliani on a dark stage
The former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani is Donald Trump's personal lawyer.(Reuters: Mike Segar)

Trump's Pennsylvania challenge was a particularly poor vehicle for getting to the high court because at its core it involved a procedural question about whether his campaign should have been allowed to expand the case, said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

"There is nothing for the Supreme Court to decide," she said.

Trump said he would continue to fight the results of the election after he is due to leave office, saying: "My mind will not change in six months."


Georgia is continuing its third recount of votes, which have twice delivered victory to Biden.

The initial close result triggered a second count by hand.

The state's results show Biden beating Trump by 12,670 votes out of about 5 million votes cast, a margin of about 0.25 per cent.

Under state law, a side can call for a recount if the margin is less than 0.5 per cent.

All 159 counties in Georgia have until midnight on Wednesday local time to complete the latest machine recount, which is being conducted by high-speed scanners.

What happens next?

The states have until December 8 to resolve election disputes.

After that, each state's electors have a further six days to vote by paper ballot before Congress meets to count the electoral votes on January 6.

Once a candidate has received 270 or more electoral votes, the President of the Senate will officially announce the results on December 14.

The winning candidate will then be officially sworn in as president on Inauguration Day — January 20.

Mr Trump said last week he would leave the White House if, as expected, the electoral college confirms Mr Biden has won the 2020 election.

It is the nearest Mr Trump has come to a concession.

Some US states are still yet to certify results but are expected to do so in coming days.

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