How often does a recount result in overturn?

In different parts of the country, protests have come about since the election's conclusion and it has eventually led to this moment.

Wisconsin is at the forefront as the first state to begin a vote recount, with other states like Michigan and Pennsylvania to participate in this action too.

A lot of voters and officials in some states called for this action due to the closeness of the race. But how often throughout U.S. history has a recount resulted in a winner-overturn on a federal or state level?

The most memorable situation was in the controversial 2000 presidential election, which involved the state of Florida between George W. Bush vs. Al Gore. The recount resulted in Gore conceding to Bush following a ruling by the United States Supreme Court to stop the on-going hand count, ultimately landing the electoral votes in favor of Bush.

Though Bush seemingly had the Florida votes, already there have been a few previous instances, not as high profile as that U.S. presidential race, where a recount did overturn the original outcome.

In 2004, the election dubbed as the 'nation's closest governor's race ever' for the governor of Washington was just as controversial as the 2000 presidential election. Republican Dino Rossi went against Democrat Christine Gregoire in a tight race where Rossi came out as the victor in the initial automated count.

Following that initial count, there was a subsequent automated recount where Rossi won again. But it wasn't until a third and final count, done by hand, that Gregoire took the lead by a small margin and won the race.

Also in 2008, the Minnesota senate race between Republican Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) and democrat Al Franken sparked an automatic recount due to the closeness of the voting numbers. The state of Minnesota count lasted months, and after its completion Franken was rewarded the winner by almost as many votes as he proceeded to lose by.

Coleman did challenge the recount results in court, a challenge that lasted about six months, but the Supreme Court upheld the recount ruling in favor of Franken.

Fast-forwarding to 2016, during the past week, President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to express his displeasure of the actions aimed against his victory.

History has shown us that only in such extremely close races, like Trump v. Clinton, will it warrant a recount consideration, but only a handful have been overturned in the past.

So, it is rare, but it is possible. The uncertainty of the conclusion is left up to the process.

The Wisconsin recount will last from December 1 at 9 a.m. until December 12 at 8 p.m. Federal law mandates that the deadline for every state is on Dec. 13.

Recounts usually happen by hand and/or machine varying on a state and its counties.

Former Green Party representative Jill Stein nearly paid $3.5 million for the process to continue in Wisconsin. For optional recounts such as these, they're typically paid for by the candidate, their political party or by voters.

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