President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign announced Wednesday that it would “immediately” request a recount in Wisconsin, as vote totals showed him narrowly trailing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with 95 percent of ballots reported.
“Despite ridiculous public polling used as a voter suppression tactic, Wisconsin has been a razor thin race as we always knew that it would be,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement.
Trump won Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes by 1 percentage point in 2016. Along with Michigan and Pennsylvania, the state was one of three Great Lakes-area battlegrounds he flipped to secure his Electoral College victory over then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
But Biden now leads Trump in Wisconsin by less than 1 percentage point, with 95 percent of the expected vote tallied, according to the latest totals. State election officials are still working through adding up the vast number of mail-in ballots submitted this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.