Recounts end with Trump wins in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania

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President-Elect Donald Trump

US presidential election recount efforts have come to an end in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, with both states certifying Donald Trump as the winner in contests that helped put him over the top in the Electoral College stakes.

Mr Trump’s victory in Wisconsin was reaffirmed following a state-wide recount that showed him defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton by nearly 23,000 votes.

Meanwhile, a federal judge issued a stinging rejection of a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania’s presidential election and scan some counties’ election systems for signs of hacking.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein successfully requested and paid for the Wisconsin recount, but her attempts for similar state-wide recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan were blocked by the courts.

Ms Stein garnered only about 1% of the vote in each of the three states, which Mr Trump narrowly won over Mrs Clinton. Ms Stein argued, without evidence, that voting machines in all three states were susceptible to hacking.

All three states were crucial to Mr Trump’s victory, having last voted for a Republican for president in the 1980s.

The numbers barely budged in Wisconsin after nearly three million votes were recounted.

Billionaire New York property mogul Mr Trump picked up 131 votes and won by 22,748 votes. The final results changed just 0.06%.

Mr Trump took to Twitter to celebrate the recount result.

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