Phillip Stucky, DCNF
Republican President-elect Donald Trump won the state of Michigan by a little over 10,000 votes, according to a Wednesday report by the Detroit Free Press.
The actual total was 10,704, and the official total comes from the state’s 83 county clerks after the results were reviewed and certified. Although this is the official count, the results will be reviewed on Nov. 28 by the Michigan Board of Canvassers. The state’s 16 electors will vote in the electoral college on Dec. 19.
“Many people have asked about Michigan’s process for counting ballots and certifying election results. Please be aware that all 1,521 Michigan cities and townships completed ballot counting and reported unofficial results by the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 9,” the Michigan secretary of State’s website reads. “The county canvassing boards, as they do after every election, then began their work to review and certify the results from each precinct.”
Trump earned 2,279,543 votes, and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton earned 2,268,839 votes. Trump won the election on Nov. 8 by earning 306 electoral votes nationwide, compared to Clinton’s 232 electoral votes.
The 2016 presidential election is a first for the state of Michigan. The state has never had a presidential race this close in its history, according to the Detroit Free Press. Michigan went to the Democratic candidate five times out of the last five presidential elections, according to election tracking website 270 to win.
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