Michigan high court denies vote recount appeal

A challenge is reviewed on a ballot during a statewide presidential election recount in Waterford Township, Mich., Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The recount comes at the request of Green Party candidate Jill Stein who also requested recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has turned down an appeal by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein to restart a vote recount in the state.

The state high court denied the appeal Friday by a vote of 3-2. Earlier, two judges who made Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s list of possible U.S. Supreme Court nominees had removed themselves form the case.

The denial comes two days after a federal judge ended the recount, which began Monday. The judge tied his decision to a state court ruling that found Stein had no legal standing to request the recount.

Trump narrowly defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Michigan. Stein received only about 1 percent of the vote.

Stein’s recount case had only a remote chance to succeed before Michigan’s high court: Three of the five justices were nominated by Republicans.

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