Trump Campaign Seeks Third Recount, Second in Georgia, as Biden Lead Unlikely to Change

The Trump campaign has called for another recount in Georgia in its continued push back against election results, despite such action historically only rarely changing states' original outcomes.

After a hand recount again tallied the votes in Joe Biden's favor, President Donald Trump's team has called for ballots to be tabulated again—with the result having shown a margin of 0.25 percent for the Democrat with 12,670 more votes.

This request comes amid a wider slate of actions from the Trump campaign, with ballots also being recounted in two Wisconsin counties at its request, as the president continues to insist widespread fraud and irregularities paved the way to Biden's success. Thus far he and his allies have failed to show clear evidence to substantiate the extent of these claims.

The Trump team took issue with signature matching as it pushed for the Georgia recount—with the president having wrongly claimed election officials are unable to verify signatures on the envelopes of absentee ballots in the state—insisting the outcome will be "phony" without this.

"President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature matching and other vital safeguards. Without signature matching, this recount would be a sham and again allow for illegal votes to be counted," a statement from the Trump campaign legal team said.

"If there is no signature matching, this would be as phony as the initial vote count and recount. Let's stop giving the People false results. There must be a time when we stop counting illegal ballots. Hopefully it is coming soon."

The Trump campaign's push for recounts comes despite these having rarely changed the initial count outcome in the past.

According to a report from FairVote released earlier this month, in 5,778 statewide elections over the last 20 years prior to the 2020 election there have been 31 statewide recounts that have been completed.

Of these, three have resulted in changing the outcome.

"Given past election recounts with outcome reversals, we should not expect outcome reversals unless the margin of victory is within 0.1% at most," an article from FairVote, which expanded on its report states, highlighting the challenge to Trump in Georgia given the margin following the last recount was 0.25 percent.

A statement from Jim Troupis, Wisconsin counsel to the Trump campaign, regarding the recount in Wisconsin said: "We continue to be confident that when all of the legal ballots are counted and illegal ballots are not counted, President Trump will be proven the winner."

Trump's campaign formally requested the recounts in the state on Wednesday. It paid $3 million as required by state law so election officials could complete the task.

Newsweek has contacted the Trump campaign for comment.

President Donald Trump speaks to the press in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 20. He has continued to dispute the election outcome, with his team launching a raft of action looking to challenge state results. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images