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State board certifies Michigan election results

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After days of pressure and intense national scrutiny, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers voted to certify the results of the state’s November election.

One Republican canvasser joined the two Democrats on the board voting to certify the state’s election. The other Republican canvasser abstained.

The vote came roughly four and a half hours into the meeting which more than 28,000 people were watching on YouTube.

The board's ordinarily administrative but important role was transformed into a national spectacle as Republicans and President Trump continued to question the results.

Now, the state’s 16 electoral votes can be awarded to President-elect Joe Biden who won the state by more than 150,000 votes. Candidates can also now request recounts, but officials say it won’t change the outcome.