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Trump officially wins Michigan

Michigan was the last state to call its results.


Andrew Couts


Posted on Nov 28, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 12:07 pm CDT

Michigan election officials on Monday declared Donald Trump the winner in the state’s presidential election, the last to call its results. 

According to the certified vote tally, Trump won 2,279,543 votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton‘s 2,268,839 votes, a difference of just 10,704 votes, or 0.2 percent (47.6 percent to 47.4 percent). Michigan awards 16 electoral votes to the winner of its presidential election.

Trump’s Michigan victory gives the Republican 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232, well above the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to secure a White House victory. 

While Michigan was the last state to call a winner, the 2016 election remains unsettled. Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein‘s campaign has filed for vote recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and she plans to request a recount in Michigan as well. 

Stein is paying the millions of dollars in fees with funds donated through a crowdfunding campaign launched last week, which has so far raised over $6.3 million.

Trump carried all three states by thin margins. He now trails Clinton in the national popular vote, which has no technical bearing on the outcome of the presidential election, by over 2.2 million votes.

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*First Published: Nov 28, 2016, 6:40 pm CST