Gov. Scott Walker did not end up qualifying for the recount his Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch alluded to late on election night, because of a law Gov. Walker and the Republican led legislature put into place last year.
After 2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stien paid $3.5 million for a recount, the Wisconsin law was changed to only allow candidates losing by one percent or less to make the request.
Moments after Kleefish told supporters their campaign was ‘preparing for the likelihood of a recount,’ nearly 47,000 Milwaukee absentee ballots were counted.
Gov. Walker ended up losing by 1.2 percent.
The law also comes with fine print. The one percent threshold only counts when at least 4,000 votes are cast. Or within 40 votes of the winner's total, if there's fewer than 4,000 votes cast.
Even though the Walker campaign continued to question 2,000 of the Milwaukee absentee ballots, by 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Gov. Walker's staff said they had determined, “Any change in the result would not be significant enough to change the outcome of the election.”
State law says if the ending vote totals are within 0.25 percent of each other, the state will pick up the cost of a recount. If it's more than that, it is up to the campaign to pay for the recount.