Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein's effort to force a recount of the general election results in three Rust Belt states garnered more green Friday: It surpassed her initial fundraising goal and crossed the $4 million mark, the third-party candidate's campaign said. Stein is mounting a legal challenge to re-examine the vote totals in Michigan, where NBC News has yet to officially call a winner, as well as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — states that performed wildly different than polling suggested they would on Election Day.
President-elect Donald Trump holds narrow leads in all three states, and his victories in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin provided him with the Electoral College advantage he needed to win the presidency.
However, reports of irregularities in the vote count — brought to light by a collection of scientists and activists — along with concerns over whether Russia may have attempted to influence the results and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's historic and growing popular vote victory, have provided the momentum and emotion behind this admittedly long-shot fight to force a recount.
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