US President Donald Trump’s attempt to change his presidential election loss faces a deadline in Wisconsin on Wednesday, as the Trump campaign must decide whether to pay $ 7.9 million for a recount in the state that Joe Biden won.
Trump refuses to admit defeat in the November 3 election, which hinders a smooth transition to a new administration, and complicates Biden’s implementation of his pledge to make tackling the pandemic a top priority when he takes office on January 20.
Democratic candidate John Biden won the national popular vote by more than 5.6 million votes, or 3.6 percentage points, with some votes still counted. In the electoral college that determines the winner, Biden won 306 votes to 232 for the Republican Trump.
Trump believes, without providing evidence, that victory was robbed of him through a widespread fraud and has instituted a series of lawsuits, most of which have been rejected by the judges.
To remain in office, Trump needs to change results in at least 3 states, which is unprecedented, to reach the required quorum in the electoral college of 270 votes.
And in Wisconsin, where Biden won by more than 20,000 votes, Trump could request a recount, but his campaign would have to bear the estimated cost of $ 7.9 million. The campaign has until 5 pm local time (2300 GMT), to determine if it will pay the costs.
President Trump is also clinging to the hope that a manual recount ordered by Georgia will erase Biden’s 14,000 vote there.
The states face a deadline of December 8 to certify election results, before the official electoral college vote on December 14.
Congress will count the electoral college votes on January 6, 2021, which is usually a formality. But Trump supporters in the Senate and House of Representatives could object to the results in a final attempt to deprive Biden of 270 votes and transfer the final decision to the House of Representatives.