Democrats and liberal activists want something to be thankful for this holiday, and some hope for a recount in states that Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump.
Green Party nominee Jill Stein sought Wednesday for a vote recount in three key states as a means to challenge the final election results, CNN reports.
Ultimately, the Stein campaign said it needed to raise over $2 million by Friday to pay for such potential recounts. The campaign hit their goal Thursday morning, and the campaign hiked their fundraising recount target to $4.5 million.
“Over the last 48-72 hours, reports have come in from experts, cyberexperts, who are reporting to us some very troubling news about the possibility of security breaches in voting results across this country,” Stein campaign manager David Cobb said in a video posted to Stein’s Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.
Democratic Party activist and Clinton loyalist David Brock told The Daily Caller Thursday he is spending the Thanksgiving holiday looking into documents that could determine if recounts are necessary in certain states.
“I haven’t studied it closely enough to really know. I brought a lot of material down here with me that I want to look through, so I really don’t have a view,” Brock said, noting that Stein is eligible to call for a recount because she was on the ballot in the states where some Democrats believe Clinton may have lost unfairly at the polls.
“I’ve got material on Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin. I’ve heard things about Florida but I don’t think I have a handle on that yet,” Brock said.
The Media Matters founder says it’s too early for Democrats to be making final determinations as to why the party lost both the presidency and did not pick up as many seats as they projected down ticket.
He agrees with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that Democrats have an opportunity to create “a wave” similar to 2005-2006 when the Democrats took back the House from Republicans when the GOP had the White House.
“I don’t think we know enough about what happened in the election to make any conclusions yet. Hillary, we know, won the popular vote. She won voters making $50,000 a year or less,” he said
“So there was something going on that I think was maybe related economic anxiety but had more to do with the politics of resentment. So I would caution against drawing these broad conclusions and big indictments of the party and it’s message until we sort through more data.”