The Latest: Wisconsin recount nears end; Michigan's halted

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Posted: Dec 08, 2016 3:45 PM

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on presidential recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

Wisconsin's presidential election recount is nearly complete.

The state Elections Commission reported Thursday that more than 82 percent of the vote had been counted by the close of business on Wednesday, and that Democrat Hillary Clinton had gained just 61 votes on Republican Donald Trump. President-elect Trump won the state by more than 22,000 votes.

Forty-two of the state's 72 counties have completed the recount. The deadline for them to finish was Monday before the state certifies the vote on Tuesday.

A hearing in federal court was scheduled for Friday on a lawsuit filed by a Trump voter and two pro-Trump super PACs seeking an end to the recount. Green Party candidate Jill Stein requested the recount and is paying for it. She is also pressing for one in Pennsylvania and pursued one in Michigan that was halted prematurely on Wednesday.

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12:19 a.m.

Michigan's recount of presidential votes is over after a judge lifted an order that forced a statewide review of millions of ballots.

The recount lasted three days in more than 20 of the state's 83 counties. Some counties hadn't planned to start until later.

Federal Judge Mark Goldsmith said Wednesday he must follow a decision by the Michigan appeals court, which found that Green Party candidate Jill Stein couldn't seek a recount. She got 1 percent of the state vote and presented no evidence of fraud. Republican Donald Trump narrowly won.

The Michigan elections board stopped the recount because of Goldsmith's new ruling and plans to meet again Thursday.

A recount is ongoing in Wisconsin, and Stein is seeking one in Pennsylvania. Trump won those states, too.