The Michigan recount drama is finally over with 75 of 83 counties called for Republican candidate Donald Trump. Trump won the popular vote in the state of Michigan by 10,704 votes.
Michigan was the last state to officially certify its election results. Unofficial results were available on November 9, after which county canvassing boards began their work to review and certify the results. As the Michigan state department website explains alongside its final tally, "The detailed county canvassing process ensures that Michigan residents can have full confidence in the accuracy and integrity of the results."
The final results were available by November 28. Until these certified results were available, Google, CNN, and some other mainstream media outlets chose not to call Michigan for either candidate due to how close the race was there. Michigan was the closest state in the union, with Donald Trump winning by 0.3 of a percentage point.
Now that the certified results are in, Michigan's 16 electoral votes will officially go to Trump on December 19.
But the road to an official result in Michigan was bumpy. Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein initiated a recount as part of what she called "a historic fight for voting justice!"
She also initiated recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, despite the fact that New Hampshire, which was called for Clinton, was closer than either of those states.
Stein raised $7.3 million for the recount effort in a matter of days. The amount is over twice as much as she raised throughout her entire presidential campaign.
Critics called the recount a money grab, including the president-elect.