Breitbart News reports that the Associated Press reported that Green Party candidate Jill Stein has withdrawn the demand that Pennsylvania perform a recount of the state’s Presidential election results, virtually assuring the ascension of Donald Trump into the Oval Office after his inauguration on January 20th.
The AP reports after an updated vote count by Pennsylvania state election officials, that out of 6 million votes cast, Trump’s lead had shrunk by 22,000 votes, down to 49,000 from 71,000, but the difference of .2 percent is still well shy of the .5 percent required to automatically trigger a statewide recount.
Trump’s ascendancy to the Presidency is virtually guaranteed now, because even if somehow recounts in Wisconsin and Michigan result in the unlikely event of those states being awarded to Clinton, Trump would still have 280 Electoral College votes, more than the 270 required to win the election.
Stein had lauded the efforts to stop the Trump Presidency, stating “We have a very time sensitive opportunity to stand up right now. We have raised at this point over five million dollars”.
Stein and the Green Party’s five million dollars was of little value, however, after a Pennsylvania judge on Monday required that Pennsylvania voters put up a $1 million bond to fund the recount.
“The judge’s outrageous demand that voters pay such an exorbitant figure is a shameful, unacceptable barrier to democratic participation,” said Stein.
An undated Reuters video posted on Breitbart.com gave insight into the reasons why Stein had been pursuing the recount. In the video, Stein explained that the U.S. election system invites tampering, and that there was hacking going on “all over the place”. She cited examples, such as that voting machines used in Wisconsin are actually illegal in California. And in Michigan, she explained, there are an extremely high number of blank votes. Regarding Pennsylvania, she said that Pennsylvania’s touch-screen machines don’t leave a paper trail.
Efforts backed by the Green Party to force recounts in scattered precincts and analyze election software will still continue, but with the withdrawal of demand for a recount in Pennsylvania, the main thrust of the effort has been exhausted.