Reports are claiming that Donald Trump’s lead over Hillary Clinton in the Pennsylvania popular vote has shrunk by some 22,000 votes as some counties wrap up counting overseas ballots and settled provisional ballot challenges.
According to Philly Voice, an updated count Friday by state election officials shows Trump’s lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton has shrunk from 71,000 to 49,000.
If this new number is accurate, Trump’s lead is at 0.8 percent, down from more than 1 percent. That is still shy of Pennsylvania’s 0.5 percent trigger for an automatic statewide recount.
On Monday, Jill Stein of the Green Party filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania seeking a statewide recount of presidential votes in a continuation of her mission to contest the election results in three key voting states.
Legal papers filed in Commonwealth Court by a lawyer for Stein’s campaign contend the Nov. 8 election was “illegal” and the results inaccurate based on research suggesting there might have been irregularities with electronic voting machines, among other evidence.
“Petitioners have grave concerns about the integrity of electronic voting machines used in their districts,” the suit stated.
Attorneys for President-elect Donald Trump moved on Thursday to block the vote recount effort in Pennsylvania, adding to similar complaints filed to stop proceedings in Wisconsin and Michigan.
“Despite being no more than a blip on the electoral radar, Stein has now commandeered Pennsylvania’s electoral process, with an eye toward doing the same to the Electoral College,” the complaint states.
“There is no evidence — or even an allegation — that any tampering with Pennsylvania’s voting systems actually occurred.”
A court hearing is scheduled in the case on Monday.
Stein has admitted that there is no concrete evidence of voter fraud inside of any of the three state she seeks a recount.
After the first day of the Stein recount in Wisconsin, Hillary Clinton gained one vote on Trump.