Last updated on November 26, 2020
Just a short note to recognize something important and telling that has been left out of current news coverage. In Wisconsin, the Trump campaign has asked for a limited recount of only two Democratic-leaning counties that went heavily for Biden:
In a statement, the [Trump] campaign said it was asking for recounts in Milwaukee and Dane counties, mostly Democratic areas in which Biden defeated Trump by large margins. Biden captured more than 75 percent of the vote in Dane and more than 69 percent of the vote in Milwaukee.
This recount request gives away Trump’s game because a losing candidate needing to make up ground with additional, missing votes would ask for a recount in counties favoring him, not his opponent. Given the 69% to 75% bias favoring Biden, a recount of these two counties would likely only increase Biden’s lead, and certainly would not be fertile ground for Trump to meaningfully gain ground.
For example, in the disputed 2000 election, the Gore campaign requested recounts only in counties that heavily favored Gore/Democrats: Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Volusia Counties. (Volusia County is a bit of a toss-up county but significant computer tabulation errors there in favor of Bush were the original impetus of the entire imbroglio.). This makes sense because a candidate behind in the vote count, logically, would only care about the possibility of gaining additional votes by recounts in counties favoring that losing candidate.
But Trump is doing the opposite — asking for recounts only in two counties that were demonstrably committed to his opponent.
Why? It shows that Trump has no belief that sufficient additional votes exist for him in WI to actually surmount his deficit and, thus, he is purely fishing for the non-existent voter fraud claims that his campaign has utterly lacked to date. And, lo and behold, The Washington Post has roughly confirmed this in a story last night headlined “As defeats pile up, Trump tries to delay vote count in a last-ditch attempt to cast doubt on Biden victory.”
To put it more simply — imagine that a then-losing candidate Biden declared that he thought he had actually won and, as a result, demanded and paid for a recount in Mississippi(?) Everyone would see right through that, and everyone should easily do the same here.
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