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Trump marketing campaign says it should request a recount in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's campaign manager said Wednesday that Trump plans to request a formal recount in Wisconsin, where Joe Biden has a narrow head start after nearly all of the votes have been counted.

"Wisconsin was a razor-thin race because we always knew it would be," said Bill Stepien in a statement.

"There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties that cast serious doubts on the validity of the results," said Stepien, with no evidence provided. "The President is on the verge of requesting a recount and we will do so immediately."

A senior electoral officer in the crucial swing state confirmed on Wednesday that almost all of the state's votes were counted in the presidential election.

While NBC News didn't independently call the race, Biden leads Trump in the network's vote with more than 20,000 votes, with an estimated 99% of the vote in.

"All ballots were actually counted," Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator Meagan Wolfe told NBC's "TODAY" show. "We don't see that there are counties that haven't published their results on their websites."

Wolfe later made it clear that a city with around 300 votes is still pending. According to NBC News, an estimated 3.3 million votes were cast in Wisconsin.

Biden leads with 49.4% of the vote, while Trump has 48.9% according to the latest NBC News tally.

The state is considered a must in finding the 270 electoral college votes necessary for victory. Trump won his 2016 win against Hillary Clinton with Wisconsin.

The two campaigns are now in a post-election battle to win key battlefield states that have not yet counted all ballots.

This story has been updated to include statements from the Trump campaign and updated information from the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

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