Report: UM group urging Clinton to challenge election results in 3 states, including Michigan


Hillary Clinton is being urged to challenge election results in key states after a University of Michigan group claims to have found "persuasive" evidence that results may have been hacked or manipulated.

A New York Mag report claims the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society is lobbying the Clinton campaign to challenge results in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. 

The team believes they've found persuasive evidence that results in those three states may have been tampered with.

The group is not speaking publicly, but is lobbying the Clinton team in private, according to NYMag.

The UM team held a call with the Clinton campaign last week, presenting findings that showed in Wisconsin, Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots.

Based on this, the team says Clinton may have been denied up to 30,000 votes - Clinton lost Wisconsin by 27,000 votes.

The group has not found proof of hacking, but argues that the suspicious pattern merits an independent review.

It would take overturning results in both Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, in addition to winning Michigan (which has not officially been called yet) for Clinton to win the Electoral College.

The deadline to challenge results in Wisconsin is Friday, and Pennsylvania on Monday. Michigan's deadline is next Wednesday.

There were widespread concerns about hacking ahead of this month's election, including the Obama administration accusing Russia of attempting to breach voter registration data. But election officials and cybersecurity experts said earlier this month that it is virtually impossible for Russia to influence the election outcome.

A former Clinton aide declined to respond to questions about whether they will request an audit based on the findings.

Additionally, at least three electors have pledged to not vote for Trump and to seek a "reasonable Republican alternative for president through Electoral College," according to a statement Wednesday from a group called the Hamilton Electors, which represents them.

"The Founding Fathers created the Electoral College as the last line of defense," one elector, Michael Baca, said in a statement, "and I think we must do all that we can to ensure that we have a reasonable Republican candidate who shares our American values."

CNN's Theodore Schleifer and Jeremy Diamond contributed to this report.

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