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Milwaukee County Spent Nearly $1.7M On Trump Recount

Trump Lost Wisconsin To Biden By 0.6 Percentage Points

Plexiglass lines a long row of tables as two election officials count ballots
Observers, left, watch as workers recount ballots Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Angela Major/WPR

Newly released figures show that the presidential recount in Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County came in slightly under budget, at nearly $1.7 million.

George Christensen, the clerk of the state’s largest county, released numbers Wednesday that show it spent $1.69 million on its recount, with nearly one-third of that going to rent space for the effort.

Christensen said the county expected the recount would cost a little more than $2 million.

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President Donald Trump’s campaign paid $3 million in advance for recounts in the Democratic strongholds of Milwaukee and Dane counties.

Any of that money that wasn’t spent is supposed to be returned to the campaign.

Trump lost Wisconsin to Democrat Joe Biden by 0.6 percentage points.