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Wisconsin Recount Results Day 4 & 3: Trump Grows Lead

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Connie Tews counts ballots in Kenosha, Wisconsin on December 2, 2016, as part of the Wisconsin recount. (Getty)

Wisconsin recount returns for day 4 show that Donald Trump has continued to inch ahead of Hillary Clinton, gaining just over three dozen more net votes.

(UPDATE: You can now see day 5 recount results for Wisconsin here. They show a similar trend: Trump has improved on his election day lead slightly as a result of the recount so far.)

The Election Commission does not add up recount returns when they come in, but, rather, places the raw numbers on a spreadsheet that includes each reporting municipality. Heavy has tallied the returns by county from the Election Commission’s day 4 spreadsheet (it also includes returns from days 1, 2, and 3.) The December 4 spreadsheet is updated with more new returns each day. Details on gained and lost vote counts per county are listed later in this article.

What’s happening is this: Each major candidate is losing small numbers of votes here or there in the $3.5 million recount, but each is also gaining small numbers of votes here or there, so it is all basically a wash, as Trump slightly extends his lead and day 4 shows no indications of any significant change. Wisconsin uses a mixture of paper ballots and machines for voting, and some returns are being counted by hand, but others are not.


Day 4 totals:

Trump gained 356 votes
Trump lost 246 votes
Trump net gain on day 4: 110 votes

Clinton gained 296 votes
Clinton lost 225 votes
Clinton net gain on day 4: 71 votes

Thus, Trump has inched ahead by another net 39 votes as of day 4 of the recount.

The totals don’t count the City of Milwaukee; Some other websites are adding those in, but it’s extremely misleading to do so at this point. That’s because the City of Milwaukee’s wards currently show large deficits for each candidate in lost votes, but that’s just because the city hasn’t recounted absentee ballots yet, so the deficits are misleading, and it’s not clear yet how many votes Trump or Clinton lost in each of those city wards. You’d have to know how many absentee ballots they each have to know, and those aren’t yet in.

This doesn’t mean the counties below are done with the recount; in most cases, they are still counting, and only some villages, towns and cities have completed their recounts. Heavy added up those communities that have reported per county, but be aware the county totals for many will change in subsequent days as more municipalities come in.

The Wisconsin Election Commission also reported the following on Day 4 of the recount:

“These are the explanations provided by the clerks for difference in numbers between canvass and the recount:

Dane County: 12 Absentee ballots were left in their certificate envelopes, unopened, on Election Night, for City of Monona Wards 6-10. Ballots were opened and canvased by the board during the recount.

Fond Du Lac County: 13 absentee envelopes were missing from Election Night and 1 absentee ballot counted on Election Night was rejected during recount canvassing of Town of Fond Du Lac Wards 1-8. A draw-down was done resulting in a loss of 7 votes for Trump/Pence and a loss of 7 votes for Clinton/Kaine.

Grant County: Village of Woodman and Village of Livingston removed from Day 4 results pending verification of recount numbers by Grant County Board of Canvas.

Racine County: Increase of 13 votes for Clinton/Kaine, votes were not counted on Election Night due to non-standard pens used to mark ballots.”

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The top of the Election Commission spreadsheet.

The Wisconsin recount was requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who received 1 percent of the national vote in the 2016 presidential election. She wants to verify the election’s integrity, arguing that the returns could have been hacked or manipulated (while presenting no evidence to back up that such a thing occurred). Hillary Clinton’s campaign then announced it would participate in the Wisconsin recount, and Donald Trump’s campaign has called it a “scam.”

Trump won Wisconsin by just over 22,000 votes. Wisconsin was one of a trifecta of Midwestern states that helped give Trump the White House, and it was a surprise upset because it had not voted for a Republican for president since the 1980s. Stein is also pursuing recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, both of which are bogged down in legal battles; she initially said she was dropping the Pennsylvania recount due to cost, but then reversed course and said she will vigorously pursue it in the federal court system. Clinton would need all three of those states to flip to win the Electoral College, which meets December 19.

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A scene from the Wisconsin recount. (Getty)

Here are the compiled returns for Day 4 of the Wisconsin recount, using the December 4 spreadsheet posted by the Election Commission. You can find the raw data here.

One more caveat: The Election Commission website appears to have an error on the spreadsheet in which the tiny village of St. Francis, in Milwaukee County, is reporting large numbers of lost votes for both Clinton and Trump. The Election Commission spokesman, Reid Magney, said he would look into the matter on December 5.

However, the city clerk of St. Francis, Anne Uecker, told Heavy on December 4 that the St. Francis returns had actually balanced with those from Election Day. Thus, it appears the returns from another small community were accidentally placed on the St. Francis lines as they match the returns exactly for the other community but for one vote (a similar error occurred in Day 2 returns, in which the Election Commission had placed the wrong small community on another community’s line). Had the St. Francis returns been on the right line, that would give Trump an additional single vote loss in the totals below (out of South Milwaukee). As they appear erroneous per the clerk’s response, the St. Francis deficits are not included below. They wouldn’t change the election bottom line, though, even if included, as these are small communities whose vote totals altogether don’t come anywhere near Trump’s 22,000-vote margin.


Day 4


Where Donald Trump lost votes

Adams County -12
Brown County -3
Buffalo County -3
Calumet County -6
Chippewa County -1
Clark County -2
Columbia County -2
Crawford County -11
Dane County -6
Dodge County -10
Door County -4
Douglas County -6
Dunn County -5
Eau Claire County -1
Fond du Lac County -10
Forest County -3
Grant County -16
Green Lake County -8
Iowa County -1
Iron County -9
Jackson County -1
Jefferson County -1
Juneau County -11
Kenosha County -3
Manitowoc County -3
Marathon County -8
Marinette County -5
Marquette County -3
Menominee County -2
MKE County City of Cudahy -2
MKE County Village of Brown Deer -1
Monroe County -7
Oneida County -1
Outagamie County -6
Pierce County -1
Polk County -4
Portage County -3
Price County -7
Racine County -8
Richland County -11
Rock County -1
Sauk County -1
Shawano County -1
St. Croix County -3
Walworth County -4
Washburn County -2
Washington County -4
Waukesha County -7
Waupaca County -9
Waushara County -1
Winnebago County -6

(Trump -1 South Milwaukee. Appears that SM returns were placed on the St. Francis line)


Where Donald Trump gained votes

Adams County +4
Barron County +4
Brown County +5
Buffalo County +2
Calumet County +6
Clark County +5
Columbia County +3
Crawford County +3
Dane County +12
Dodge County +4
Douglas County +6
Eau Claire County +19
Fond du Lac County +1
Forest County +2
Grant County +6
Green Lake County +11
Jackson County +1
Jefferson County +9
Juneau County +7
Kenosha County +7
Kewaunee County +1
Manitowoc County +7
Marathon County +2
Marinette County +3
Marquette County +2
MKE CO City of Cudahy +1
MKE Co Village of Greendale +1
MKE Co Village of Hales Corners +1
Monroe County +2
Oneida County +6
Outagamie County +3
Ozaukee County +33
Pierce County +11
Polk County +1
Portage County +8
Price County +4
Racine County +10
Richland County +5
Rock County +3
Sauk County +9
Shawano County +19
St. Croix County +3
Trempeleau County +5
Walworth County +16
Washburn County +33
Washington County +18
Waukesha County +1
Waupaca County +22
Waushara County +1
Winnebago County +6
Wood County +2


Where Hillary Clinton lost votes

Adams County -11
Brown County -4
Buffalo County -2
Calumet County -6
Chippewa County -1
Clark County -4
Columbia County -5
Crawford County -7
Dane County -5
Dodge County -2
Door County -10
Douglas County -2
Fond du Lac County -12
Forest County -5
Grant County -13
Green Lake County -9
Iron County -1
Jefferson County -1
Juneau County -5
Kenosha County -2
Manitowoc County -7
Marathon County -8
Marinette County -5
Marquette County -2
Menominee County -1
MKE Co City of Cudahy -1
MKE Co Village of Bayside -1
MKE Co Village of Fox Point -1
Monroe County -4
Outagamie County -9
Polk County -4
Portage County -4
Price County -7
Racine County -7
Richland County -6
Rock County -6
Sauk County -2
Shawano County -1
Trempeleau County -3
Walworth County -4
Washburn County -1
Washington County -7
Waukesha County -2
Waupaca County -2
Winnebago County -19
Wood County -4


Where Hillary Clinton gained votes

Adams County +2
Brown County +5
Calumet County +5
Columbia County +3
Crawford County +1
Dane County +39
Dodge County +3
Douglas County +14
Eau Claire County +30
Fond du Lac County +2
Grant County +13
Green Lake County +1
Iron County +3
Jefferson County +10
Juneau County +6
Kenosha County +5
Kewaunee County +4
Manitowoc County +24
Marathon County +3
Marinette County +1
Marquette County +2
MKE CO Village of Brown Deer +1
Oneida County +1
Outagamie County +1
Ozaukee County +1
Pierce County +4
Polk County +2
Portage County +11
Price County +5
Racine County +37
Richland County +2
Rock County +1
Sauk County +5
Sawyer County +1
Shawano County +6
St. Croix County +2
Trempeleau County +1
Walworth County +10
Washington County +4
Waukesha County +1
Waupaca County +12
Waushara County +1
Winnebago County +9
Wood County +2

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78 comments

  1. An exercise to make liberals feel better ? If liberals are so interested in improving our voting system, why they are not doing that in New Hampshire(margin is only 3000 votes) ! Anyway, on the brighter side in wisconsin, liberals money is going towards helping those temporary workers in having some extra cash for christmas !!

    • Actually, Ranjit, if you read the article you will find that the liberals hadn’t even called for this recount. The Green Party is responsible for both petitioning and funding this recount.

      • Hillary Clinton supports it. She is actually the one pushing for it, Jill Stein is just her attack dog. But you knew that already.

        • Tim, you may want to get your facts right. Hillary did not want a recount. But since Jill proceeded with it, and was granted the recount. Hillary is only supporting it, so she can have her lawyers watch over it. Making sure it is done fairly. Hillary also said she doesn’t expect this recount to change the out come. So how about you, fox news, cnn and the republicans stop making shit up. Because anyone that truly has been paying attention knows better! 30 years of this crap has been quite enough. You all got your wish. She wont be president. and I am sure her politician days are now behind her. So let the woman relax for a change. But trust me: we will hear you all boo hooing about how you thought Trump was going to make America great again soon enough. Because if you are not in that top 1%, you might want to remember the Reagan years. Where interest rates were sky high, gas prices even higher. wages were low, and they did away with things like foods stamps and welfare. that helped the struggling people survive. which happens to be the majority in this country. That left many kids without supervision to fend for themselves. No mom at home any more, to help with home work, or add any other structure in their lives. teen pregnancy was out of control, literacy rates since have plummeted. Which has now lead to almost half the country, with no common sense. Because somehow they’re imaging Trump is the best thing for this country. Hope you are ready for a rude awakening. Oh but on the brighter side , The Reagan years did bring people together in mile long lines that gave people cheese and peanut butter. and food banks popped up in every neighborhood. full of stale bread and out dated can goods. Now doesn’t that sound GREAT!

          • You know why interest rates were sky high? Because Jimmy Carter and a Dem controlled Congress removed federal caps on them.

            Liberals are like battered wives. Their party abuses them constantly, but they always run back to defend it, and blame everything else.

            From Wikipedia:
            The Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980 (H.R. 4986, Pub.L. 96–221) (often abbreviated DIDMCA or MCA) is a United States federal financial statute passed in 1980 and signed by President Jimmy Carter on March 31.[1] It gave the Federal Reserve greater control over non-member banks.

            It removed the power of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors under the Glass–Steagall Act to use Regulation Q to set maximum interest rates for any deposit accounts other than demand deposit accounts (with a six-year phase-out).[2]
            It allowed Negotiable Order of Withdrawal accounts to be offered nationwide.[2]
            It allowed institutions to charge any loan interest rates they chose.[3][4]

            BTW, I was a teenager in a divorced home and then in the military under Reagan. I remember it being great, and lots of job opportunities. But I’m sure if you repeat a few more lies you can convince yourself.

          • Most of what you say Chuck just isn’t true. Sorry. That’s not how things were. I hated the Reagan years, but even I can’t pretend that what you say is true.

          • I lived through the Regan years as an adult old enough to know what was actually happening. And the solid, hard, facts, are that The Regan years started the longest period of continual growth the United States economy has ever experienced. And his tax cuts actually resulted in an increase of actual tax receipts received by the United States government. This was because they increased the overall economic activity in the country so much that, even though the government took a smaller bite each time a transaction was made, the number of transactions increased so much that the government’s actual receipts increased. But Liberals will never admit this, because it TOTALLY destroys their lying talking points.

        • If Jill Stein feels guilty Clinton lost b/c of her I say congratulations Jill. You saved our Country from a globalist, evil, vile, dishonest woman who w/her husband and NAFTA killed our jobs We dont MFG anything in the U.S. The democrats had their own agenda to completely disregard American Citizens instead putting first millions of illegals and immigrants & Pay huge sums to support them. The catalyst? Clinton wanting COMPLETELY OPEN BORDERS for everyone & anyone from other countries to be able to come & go within the U.S. So Jill, you unknowingly did us a HUGE FAVOR :-) :-)

          • Manufacturing stuff in the US again would mean the price of products would go up, but the jobs created would be at minimum wage. They’d be jobs people wouldn’t want. That’s partly why they went overseas, people demanded wages the corporations didn’t want to pay and they demanded cheaper products. So, bring those jobs and the production of those products means WalMart shelves will either be empty, cuz WalMart can’t sell the stuff at the higher prices, or they will be be full, cuz people don’t want to pay those prices.

            If you like your cheap WalMart/Target products, then you might not want those jobs back, cuz nothing will be cheap again. We’d have to go back to a repair instead of replace culture? Can we do that anymore? Doubt it.

            • Smiling1541, youre retarded. If youre a slob with no education, then you deserve minimum wage. Go to school and think HIGHER. Like CEO. Bringing companies BACK means high paying jobs. Yes there will be lower paying jobs, but ADDING companies means more jobs. You’re a tool.

              • Its always nice to have a discussion with people emotionally stable enough to carry on like an adult. Go back to the playground, bully, until you can play nice with others. You could uae a lesson or two in how the increased cost of manufacturing is passed along to the consumer. I

          • Apparently Susan you are another ill informed idiot. Nafta was created from the brain fart of George Herbert Walker Bush, not Bill Clinton. Get the facts before opening your mouth with the shit you have been force fed by fox news and the republicans. Hundreds of millions of dollars to investigate the Clintons, also proves your statements totally false and inaccurate.

            • Doesn’t matter Chuck. Each president is responsible for the policies and the country under their watch. If something is wrong it is THEIR job to fix it. The CLINTONS endorsed it and went along with it, look it up on YOUTUBE, you can see Bill and Hillary preaching it. Clinton=corrupt

      • The recount is being done by stein to help Hillary try to win so believe liberal money was donated and it was probably a lot seeing that she raise more money for this then for her election

      • Really? Jill Stein challenges the three blue states that turned red, and not one other? Only a fool could fail to see the DNC pushing this.

      • Tom the green party is considered leftist and democrats far leftist
        ,Liberals don’t really exist anymore .Back before the democrats went off the deep end ,the green party were more left then the democrats. Now the democrats are socialist and cultural Marxist with Tyrannical leanings.There is nothing Liberal about either of them .
        The Green party is Socialism and they support the Social justice nonsense too so they are cultural marxist light .
        So they were in cahoots….

      • but who is donating to the green party to make this recount happen can they verify who the donors are for this recount? and its not cheap to do a recount follow the money

    • Green Jill says she “wanted” to do a New Hampshire recount (LOL) but the deadline had passed. She never responded why (logically) Minnesota (won by 46,000) was not included.

  2. It is unfortunate that this recount is happening. It does not appear that it will change the result of the election, but since there is literally nothing you can put past the Clintons, there is some danger they could try to steal it. Stein did not present even a shred of evidence for corruption. If by some unlikely chance the recounts hand the election to Hillary, there would be widespread belief, even among her supporters, that Hillary had stolen the election. The country, already seriously divided, could actually face civil war if that were to happen. (God forbid…) Yet Stein, who presumably recognizes this, apparently considers the recount to be worth the risk. It is reckless and shameless, and because of her total lack of evidence, it should never have been permitted.

  3. This stupid lady could have raised that money for something more important then on something that was never going to change!! Good way to blow all that money! Worthless!!

  4. I am truly disturbed with the vote counting. Plus electors are being threatened and bullied to flip their votes. Unacceptable

  5. No 1% candidate should be able to hold hostage an election wherein 125 Million votes were made. I know her position is that she is entitled under the law but she is just tring to delay in hopes that the states will not be able to certify the votes, Obviously some big money shadowy figures have prompted and paid for the buk of this. Hillary has simply to say she wanted a recount for it to happen. I know it makes her a promise welsher but better that than a rediculous recount by someone with a statistically meaningless vote %. The fact is Gore conceded and came back later and demanded a recount. Being a poor loser is not a good enough reason to not fight for the presidency…IF she truly believes the recount might succed. The green party has abandoned it’s Pennsylvania claim.Thus an overturn iseven more unlikely. Looks like it should be a complete withdrawal and a return to sanity. They should prevent this from happening again..

  6. How can a candidate who received less than 2% of votes justify a recount. And how can Hillary who all ready conceded the election justify her reversal. I know it is legally possible but how can it be justified morally. Oh wait, I forgot Clinton has no morals. Trump still won now we need to move forward with the results and transition.

  7. (My comment is not meant against HEAVY). This article shows the results for Trump and Clinton no results for Stein. This is further proof that this entire scam has been done to steal an election from a candidate that won fairly. Stein vote totals are a non issue otherwise they would have been reported. This whole recount is a Hillary scam even Ray Charles can see that..

    • Totally agree. Clinton can not accept that she lost, especially since she had everyone in her back pocket, and I mean everyone.

  8. Really appreciate your effort in keeping us updated of the progress. It has attracted me to discover Heavy.com.
    So Stein is spending $7+ million of Trump haters’ money to boost Trump’s image effectively. To help improve the election system, one could start a decent advocacy group with a dozen staffers with that amount of money.

  9. What is the problem with a recount? We should be doing random recounts routinely in all elections that use computers just to assure we are not being interfered with. I voted for Hillary, but I am not under any illusion that this recount will put her in office, and in fact, fear the split in our country should that happen would tear us apart even more. Our problem is not “them”, Trump or Clinton, as much as it is you and I not respecting each other’s thoughts, needs, and experiences. When someone refers to me as an “elitist” because I have a certain political ideology I am sure it feels the same as those who differ from me when they are called “ignorant.” Words matter. Name calling achieves nothing except momentary personal satisfaction. Shame on us as a nation by using social media not to affirm each other but to degrade. This is the type of action that all great nations behaved like when they began to discinergrate. We can do better. We can be more caring, thoughtful in our comments, and open to understanding the hearts of those who do not agree with us. Why not? The most we would lose is our anger. I am 74 years old, retired RN and active painter, and live on a very fixed income month to month. I am happy with my life hopefully you are too.

      • It is tempting I know, and I do thank you for your comments. I have a very close friend who sits on the exact opposite political spectrum as me and I have learned a lot about how people can be good, kind, and loving and not share the same political views. Our discussions have been going on for years and if they get too “hot” we both step back, remember who the other is, and take a break. It always works.

    • I agree that name calling does not help the situation. It only helps to validate Democrats claims of “ignorance” and discredit true conservative (not Republican) concerns about the terror of big, corrupt, and inefficient government.

      That being said, there are very valid concerns about this recount occurring so close to the Dec 13th deadline. If the recount isn’t finished on time, Wisconsin, and possibly the other two states will not be able to send their assigned Electors (Republican or Democrat) to the College. It completely disenfranchises everyone who elected in these states. I truly believe there is hidden collusion between two Liberal Parties (as stated in other comments the Green Party is an extremist leftist party) to knock out Trump’s 270 majority. They know that they could recount the thing to death and it wouldn’t change the outcome of the results, but if the deadline approaches and the recounts are still occurring (thankfully WI rejected Stein’s call for hand count which would definitely slow the entire process down), then neither party would achieve majority, and the whole thing moves to Congress.

      Congress may still elect Trump or even bypass him and pick Pence, but the fact that the choice was taken out the Electors, representatives of each State’s majority, would leave a stench of illegitimacy that would follow the Republicans for the next four years, and provide excuses for the Democrats to block every single proposal in Congress.

      Now, should recounts occur? Yes they should. But only requesting recounts (or in PA’s case, demanding, as the deadline had already passed) in Trump States without any proof of tampering, again leads people with valid concerns of collusion between two leftist parties. There are many Clinton States with narrower margins: NH<3000; NV<28,0000; ME<20,000. These margins are less than Trump's PA<50,000 so where's Jill Stein's demands for recounts there? And to those who say that the deadlines have passed, see PA.

      Just something to think about.

  10. jil stein is just legitmising donald trump’s victory, i wish the recount is done nationally, he would even win popular vote.

  11. Make extra money as I hear it the vote counters / election workers earn 25 dollars for 6 hours of work that is less than minimum wage! Where is the outrage slave labor

  12. I THINK IT’S SOMETHING GOING ON VOTES LEFT OUT AND NOT COUNTED IN SOME COUNTYS REALLY?? CHECK THE VOTING EQUIPTMENT FOR DRIVES THAT COULD HAVE BEEN INSTALLED TO HACK .

  13. Hillary is trying to steal the election, and a corrupt to the core system is allowing her to do it, which is why I have NO FAITH OR TRUST in this political system. This system let the Clintons get away with murder (Vincent Foster back in 1993). It’s sad to say, but the good ole U.S.A. is as evil as Nazi Germany was.

  14. Glad to see Nevada is having a recount, especially with the breaking news that USPS returned 9200 confirmations because of invalid addresses. They even found 5 people listed living on a vacant lot with no mailbox, with names like Willie Nelson, Edward Snowden, etc.

  15. Thank you Stein for taking enough votes for Trump to win the election

    And thank you, again for certifying Trump’s win beyond a doubt

  16. There seems to be little question that Trump won. I’m surprised that the election was this close. Wasn’t it 306 to 228? I suspected that Trump would win by a much larger landslide. Anyone who traveled the country could see that most of the country was littered with Trump/Pence signs. Very few Clinton/Kaine signs were visible throughout the country. I suppose that some didn’t get out much if they thought that Clinton wouldn’t lose in a landslide.