Donald Trump has officially won Michigan, the final state to be awarded and the capstone of Trump’s unlikely run of narrow victories in the Midwestern states that will deliver the first-time political candidate to the White House.
Michigan’s Board of Canvassers certified the results on Monday afternoon in Lansing. Trump won 2,279,543 votes (47.6 percent), according to the certified results, 10,704 more than Hillary Clinton’s 2,268,839 (47.4 percent).
Trump becomes the first Republican presidential candidate to carry Michigan since George H.W. Bush won it in 1988, breaking a six-cycle Democratic winning streak.
That adds Michigan’s 16 electoral votes to Trump’s already impressive tally of triumphs in the Midwest. Trump carried Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — states that had last voted Republican in 1988 and 1984, respectively, by margins only slightly larger than his advantage in Michigan.
Trump also easily flipped Iowa and Ohio, perennial battleground states that President Barack Obama had carried twice.
But like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, there are indications that Green Party nominee Jill Stein is planning to contest the results in Michigan. Stein, who won 51,463 votes (1.1 percent) in Michigan, according to the official canvass, has hired former state Democratic Party chairman Mark Brewer and has until Wednesday to request a formal recount, which is estimated to cost nearly $800,000.