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Jill Stein meets fundraising goal for vote recount in 3 battleground states

Green Party candidate Jill Stein reached her $2.5 million goal, which would allow her to file for a vote recount in three states. (Source: D. Ross Cameron/AP) Green Party candidate Jill Stein reached her $2.5 million goal, which would allow her to file for a vote recount in three states. (Source: D. Ross Cameron/AP)

(RNN) – Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein raised the money early Thursday for recounts in three battleground states: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

The fundraiser, held on Stein’s website, began in the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 23 with a goal of $2.5 million. By 2 a.m. CT Thursday, Stein’s effort had reached and exceeded its target dollar amount.

The money will go toward filing fees in the three states, according to the website. However, the campaign projects $2 to 3 million more would be needed for attorney fees, and the total cost for a recount would likely be even higher than that.

The Green Party updated their website shortly after reaching the original goal with an extended goal of $4.5 million.

The states’ deadlines to file for recounts are all within the next week. Wisconsin’s deadline comes first on Friday, Nov. 25 and will cost $1.1 million; Pennsylvania’s deadline is Monday, Nov. 28 and Michigan’s is Wednesday, Nov. 30.

The Green Party did not single out an instance of fraud, but they do not need any examples to file for a recount.

While Hillary Clinton supporters have been clamoring for just such an event, Stein said the effort is not intended to help the Democratic candidate, nor is it intended to help Stein herself, as she only received about 1 percent of the national vote.

Instead, Stein issued a statement about the importance of authentic elections.

"After a divisive and painful presidential race, reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts are causing many Americans to wonder if our election results are reliable," Stein said in a statement. "These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust."

The three states in which Stein intends to file for recounts have typically gone Democratic in recent presidential contests, but President-elect Donald Trump won Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Michigan is still too close to call, but Trump is projected to win.

Wisconsin has 10 electoral votes, Michigan, 16 and Pennsylvania, 20. Right now, Trump has 306 electoral votes (not counting Michigan) – well over the required 270. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has 232.

Trump is winning in Michigan by 9,528 votes, far less than 1 percent.  He won Wisconsin by 27,190 votes and Pennsylvania by 67,965, both about 1 percent of votes cast in each state.

All three states would have to flip Clinton's way to give her a majority of the electoral votes  If all three states did go her way, the electoral count would be 278 for Clinton to 242 for Trump.

Clinton right now leads Trump in the popular vote by more 2 million, according to Politico. The Huffington Post reports that there are still 2 million votes left to count in California alone.

A group of computer scientists and election lawyers have been urging Clinton to file for a recount in those states, New York Magazine reports. The group held a conference call with campaign manager Jim Podesta last week.

Earlier this week, Politico reported that six Democratic electors are lobbying other elected officials to block Donald Trump in the electoral college.

It’s unlikely they’ll persuade the 37 Republican electors needed to flip over to Clinton.

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