US judge rejects bid for election recount

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US judge rejects bid for election recount

A bid by Jill Stein for a recount of votes in Pennsylvania has been rejected by a US judge.

A US judge in Pennsylvania has rejected Green Party candidate Jill Stein's request for a recount of the state's ballots in last month's presidential election and an examination of voting machines for evidence of hacking.

The decision came on the same day that Wisconsin election officials expect to complete that state's recount, although the results will not change the outcome.

Stein, who finished fourth in the election behind President-elect Donald Trump, had challenged the results in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.

All of those traditionally Democratic strongholds supported Trump, a Republican, on November 8.

The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday denied Stein's last-ditch appeal to secure a recount there.

Even if all three recounts had taken place, it was considered highly unlikely that they would flip the overall result from Trump to Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

US presidential elections are determined not by the overall national popular vote but by the Electoral College, which awards votes based on the outcome in each state.

Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.6 million ballots nationwide, according to the latest count.