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UPDATE: Dane County finishes presidential election recount early

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Dane County has finished recounting votes in the presidential election.

Clerk Scott McDonell sent final numbers out just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The numbers are only minimally changed, except Hillary Clinton went from 217,526 votes before the recount to 217,698 after the recount. Donald Trump's votes did not change at 71,279. 

The Wisconsin Elections Commission reports 65 of the 72 counties are finished recounting votes. The entire recount is now 95 percent complete, with almost three million ballots recounted.

Hillary Clinton has gained only 25 more votes than Donald Trump has gained, while still trailing, according to the commission. The net change as of 5:30 p.m., before the Dane County numbers were in, is more than 1,442 votes, with Trump/Pence  up 628 and Clinton/Kaine up 653.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County officials say their recount of presidential votes from November's election is expected to be finished by Saturday evening. The deadline is 8 p.m. Monday for the work to be completed. 

County clerk Scott McDonnell says the process will not only be finished ahead of schedule, it also will be under budget.  

McDonnell says no major discrepancies had been discovered in the recount, which was being conducted by hand.

Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by more than 22,000 votes in the state. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein requested the recount because of what she thought was the possibility that the election machines had been hacked.

All states involved in re-count activity must certify their election results by Dec. 13.

A federal judge Friday ruled that Wisconsin's recount should move forward, after Trump supporters sued to stop the process.

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