CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump's hopes to reverse his election loss in Wisconsin hinge on closing a deficit of some 20,500 votes, an almost impossibly high bar that spurs speculation his true goal is building a case for legal challenges that could win favor in the state's conservative-controlled Supreme Court.

Trump's recount petition makes clear he plans to attack absentee ballots, used far more heavily by Joe Biden's supporters, in the partial recount that covers just Milwaukee and Dane counties — Wisconsin's biggest and most liberal.

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