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UPDATE: Federal judge refuses to halt Wisconsin's recount

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to halt Wisconsin's presidential recount.

Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by more than 22,000 votes in the state. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein requested the recount to determine if election machines were hacked.

Two pro-Trump groups, the Great America PAC and the Stop Hillary PAC, filed a federal lawsuit Dec. 1, the day the recount began, seeking to stop the process.

Judge James Peterson refused to grant their request Friday, noting the historic recount is nearly complete and there's virtually no chance the recount will change the results of the election.

Peterson said there was "no question I have to deny" the request for an injunction against the recount, saying there was nothing about it that impugns the integrity of Wisconsin's voting system.

He called their lawsuit dead on arrival and said he would decide whether to dismiss the lawsuit outright within the next few days.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A federal judge in Madison will consider whether to stop the presidential recount in Wisconsin Friday.

The Great America PAC and the Stop Hillary PAC, both pro-Trump groups, filed a federal lawsuit to halt the recount December 1, the day the recount began. 

Judge James Peterson will hear the case. 

As of Wednesday, more than 82-percent of the recount had been completed.  Plus, counties had another full day to work Thursday, so even more votes have been submitted since that Wednesday tally.

On Nov. 8, Donald Trump won Wisconsin by 22,000 votes.  In the recount, Clinton has picked up 61 votes so far.  The recount needs to be finished by Monday evening in order to ensure Wisconsin's electoral college votes will count. 

Jill Stein raised millions of dollars for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania at the end of November.  She and others were nervous that voting machines could have been hacked, even though there's been no evidence of that. 

A federal judge has already stopped a recount in Michigan that Stein wanted.  Friday in Pennsylvania, a federal judge will decide whether a recount there can begin. 

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