No, the Michigan government website doesn’t say Donald Trump won the election there


A screenshot from the Michigan Secretary of State’s website caused confusion after the election, leading some to mistakenly suggest that President Donald Trump won.

We have already refuted the claim that news outlets called out the state for Joe Biden even though Trump had more votes. Another social media post from singer Kaya Jones shared the screenshot and said: “If he didn’t win Michigan, why does the current government site say he did? ? Hmm. “

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Here’s an archived version of the Secretary of State’s election results page showing what it looked like when the screenshot was taken. Then the results were last updated at 9:37 p.m. on November 3. They reflected that Biden had about 2.1 million votes, or nearly 47% of the votes counted, and Trump had 2.3 million votes, or about 51%.

The Associated Press had declared Biden the winner in Michigan about four hours earlier, but they called the race based on data that had not yet been published on the secretary of state’s website. A spokesperson for the office told us that its website is always the last place election results are updated and people should check county websites first for more up-to-date information.

Michigan’s unofficial election results now on the Secretary of State’s website – last updated at 5:54 p.m. on Nov. 9 – show Biden with 2.79 million votes, or 50.57 percent. Trump won 2.64 million votes, or 47.91%, according to the page.

We rate this Instagram post as fake.

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