Just hours after Hillary Clinton began signing up volunteers for Jill Stein’s upcoming recount in Wisconsin; Clinton is now suing the state to force an expanded recount. Wisconsin officials have so far only agreed to a machine recount, but Stein started legal action to try to force a hand recount. And now, in a remarkable sign of her seriousness about winning the state, Hillary is also suing.
The lawsuit in question was expected. State officials generally do what they can to fight against a recount, both because it’s a hefty undertaking and it can also make them look bad – blows back on them if the recounted vote totals are considerably different than the original supposed totals. Jill Stein predicted a legal battle up front when she stated that she would need millions dollars to cover attorneys’ fees. But what stands out is that Hillary Clinton, according to Wisconsin’s local ABC News affiliate WKOW, has opted to also become a plaintiff in the lawsuit. So what does this mean?
In practical terms, it means that Hillary Clinton’s top attorneys are now helping Jill Stein’s attorneys to fight this battle in court, which likely means a swifter determination as well as increased odds that a hand recount in Wisconsin will end up happening. In political terms, it means that Clinton is now throwing her full weight and credibility behind the recount in every way possible. It’s unlikely that Hillary would be willing to do so, unless she believes that she has a reasonable chance of winning the state.