One can only imagine how much it must suck to be Hillary Clinton right now. She had her dream of becoming president crushed when she had practically already won in here mind; to a man, the entire establishment thought Donald Trump had a zero percent chance of winning. Moreover, Hillary lost while holding a two million vote lead in the popular vote. Now, rational beings all know that in the absence of the electoral college, campaigns would simply be structured differently, so no one knows what the tally would’ve been between the two if we had a direct democracy, but nonetheless it must still feel frustrating.
Is Hillary going to make a last-ditch effort to claim victory? According to New York Magazine: Hillary Clinton is being urged by a group of prominent computer scientists and election lawyers to call for a recount in three swing states won by Donald Trump, New York Mag has learned. The group, which includes voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, believes they’ve found persuasive evidence that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked. The group is so far not speaking on the record about their findings and is focused on lobbying the Clinton team in private.
Let’s be clear here: if there actually was hacking or manipulation, how much do you want to bet it was actually to the benefit of Hillary?
Last Thursday, the activists held a conference call with Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and campaign general counsel Marc Elias to make their case, according to a source briefed on the call. The academics presented findings showing that in Wisconsin, Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots. Based on this statistical analysis, Clinton may have been denied as many as 30,000 votes; she lost Wisconsin by 27,000. While it’s important to note the group has not found proof of hacking or manipulation, they are arguing to the campaign that the suspicious pattern merits an independent review.
Well, good luck with that. Given that Trump received 306 electoral votes to Hillary’s 232, she would need to pick up at least 38 electoral votes to change anything. Admittedly, I would enjoy seeing her attempt to contest the results just for the pleasure of watching her lose again.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]