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US President-elect Donald Trump (Photo: AFP)

The US state of Michigan has declared President-elect Donald Trump the winner over Hillary Clinton after a tight contest.

The Michigan result has now added 16 electoral votes to Trump’s 290, making it 306 votes for the president-elect.

Trump stretches lead

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“Trump leads Clinton by 10,704 votes” after certification by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said in a statement.

Michigan was the final state to certify the presidential outcome.

The recount

Green Party candidate Jill Stein is expected to seek a recount in Michigan, as she has done in Wisconsin. She has until Wednesday to file her request.

Such requests are not automatically granted. And Trump would have seven days in which to object to the recount request. That could push the process toward mid-December.

Meanwhile, the Electoral College, whose members officially vote according to statewide results from the election, meets on December 19 to cast its votes for president.