Trump wins Michigan by a slim 10,704 votes

Michael Gerstein
The Detroit News

Lansing — President-elect Donald Trump won Michigan by an even slimmer margin, according to new election results released Wednesday by the Secretary of State’s Office.

In unofficial results updated Wednesday, Trump led Clinton by 10,704 votes, or 2,403 fewer than the original unofficial results available early Nov. 9, hours after polls closed on Election Day, Nov. 8. In other words, Clinton picked up 2,403 votes.

Before Tuesday, the Secretary of State reported that Trump won by a 13,107 unofficial margin.

Tuesday was the deadline for county canvassers to send unofficial ballot counts to the Secretary of State’s Office before the Michigan Board of State Canvassers formally certifies the final ballot counts on Nov. 28.

The results that county canvassers sent to the state Tuesday will be presented to the board of canvassers to certify on Monday, after which results will be official.

Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams said previously it is highly unlikely enough votes would shift to affect the outcome of a Trump victory.

County canvassing boards and clerks have spent the past couple of weeks double-checking their vote totals and making adjustments so they could meet the Tuesday deadline. In many cases, the clerks were adding votes for Trump and Clinton.

“The canvassing and certification process is how the state of Michigan, like the other 49 states, formally determines a winner in the days immediately following each election,” the Secretary of State’s Office wrote in an online post appended to the new results.

The most up-to-date unofficial presidential vote counts for Michigan from the Secretary of State’s Office are as follows:

■Donald J. Trump, Republican: 2,279,543

■Hillary Clinton, Democrat: 2,268,839

■Gary Johnson, Libertarian: 172,136

■Jill Stein, Green: 51,463

■Darrell L. Castle, U.S. Taxpayers: 16,139

■Evan McMullin, write-in: 8,177

■Emidio Mimi Soltysik, Natural Law (socialist candidate): 2,209

How the counties finished (listed by population size):

■Wayne: Clinton won the county over Trump 66 percent to 29 percent. She picked up 565 more votes during the canvassing, while he gained 32 votes.

■Oakland: Clinton won the county by 8 percentage points, picking up another 94 votes as Trump added 76 votes.

■Macomb: Trump and Clinton each gained 76 votes.

■Kent: Trump narrowly won the county: Clinton picked up 25 votes, while he gained 20 votes.

■Genesee: Clinton won the county by 9 percentage points. She gained seven votes while Trump added one vote under the certified results.

■Washtenaw: Clinton added 66 votes in a liberal county she overwhelmingly won, while Trump gained 18 votes. She ended up netting a gain of 48 votes, according to the Washtenaw County Clerk’s Office.

■Ingham: Clinton gained 11 votes while Trump added four in a county she overwhelmingly won.

■Kalamazoo: Clinton gained six votes and Trump added three votes because of the counting of provisional ballots, County Clerk Tim Snow said.

■Ottawa: Trump won the county by almost 30 percentage points and picked up 225 votes to Clinton’s addition of eight votes.

■Saginaw: The county Clerk’s Office reported no change between the unofficial and certified results. Trump barely won the county.