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Michigan Supreme Court throws out Jill Stein's recount appeal

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein waits to be introduced prior to a press conference at the National Press Club August 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Stein discussed her candidacy and her attempts to be included in the presidential debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates during her remarks. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

For the Green Party's Jill Stein, her recount saga is coming to a close in Michigan.

The state's supreme court late Friday upheld a ruling from a lower appeals court that denied Stein's petition for a complete vote recount, ending her hopes of getting Michigan officials to recount the entire state's ballots.

"We concur with the Court’s denial and with the Court of Appeals’ judgment that it leaves in place," the court said, according to Politico.

The court ruled 3-2 against Stein. The majority justices were Republican-nominated, while the dissenting were Democrat-dominated. Two of the high court justices recused themselves from the case because they were on President-elect Donald Trump's shortlist of potential justices to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Stein's appeal to the Michigan high court followed a Tuesday ruling from a state court of appeals, which ruled that Stein was not "aggrieved" and had no chance of winning the state's presidential vote if the recount was allowed to move forward because she only won 1.1 percent of the state's 4.8 million votes, according to the Detroit News.

Michigan certified its election results on Nov. 28. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the state by 10,704 votes.

Still, Stein acknowledged in a statement Friday that her recount efforts had little chance of succeeding, according to NBC News.

"Although we are deeply disappointed in today's decision by the Michigan Supreme Court not to hear our appeal that would have allowed Michigan's recount to finish, we are not surprised given the political motives of the majority," she said.

Stein added that in Michigan — a state that typically goes blue in presidential election years in recent history — "political cronyism, bureaucratic obstruction, and legal maneuvering have run roughshod over the democratic process."

Stein has also petitioned for similar recount efforts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The Pennsylvania recount is currently tied up in the courts, while the Wisconsin recount is nearing completion, only to find that the original results were near complete accuracy. In the Badger State, Clinton has only picked up a net of 49 votes — not enough to overcome Trump's lead of 22,177 going into the recount.

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