In fact, Biden crushed Trump in Wayne County, a Democratic stronghold that includes Detroit, by a more than 2-1 margin on his way to winning MI by 154,000 votes, according to unofficial results.
Biden now has 306 electoral votes to Trump's 232. She said she voted to approve the results because she thought the state would conduct an audit.
Trump paid the $3 million required for the recount and issuing the order was expected to be a pro forma move, but it took six hours for the commission - split 3-3 along party lines - to agree on the order late Wednesday.
The four counties with new vote totals must recertify their results.
Mitt Romney has become more unabashed of his criticism of Donald Trump, claiming in an interview Thursday that the president is continuing on with lawsuits despite having no evidence.
He was speaking after a virtual meeting with governors, including Democrats and Republicans, about the coronavirus crisis.
"What the president's doing now is going to be another incident where he will go down in history as being one of the most irresponsible presidents", the president-elect said.
"That's why I'd like to know exactly what this administration has in mind in terms of their Operation Warp Speed and how they plan it", he said of the Trump White House.
More than a quarter of a million people have died.
"It's about trying to set up the conditions where half of the country believes that there are only two possibilities, either they win or the election was stolen", said Justin Levitt, a constitutional law scholar and professor at Loyola Law School.
USA media say the president may try to use Republican lawmakers in states he needs to flip - Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania for example - to target the electoral college system.
That includes Georgia, where a hand recount of its five million ballots confirmed Thursday that Biden is the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the southern state in nearly three decades.
Milwaukee County is the state's largest, home to the city of Milwaukee, and Black people make up about 27% of the population, more than any other county. Shirkey said that any attempt to award Michigan's electoral votes to Trump is "not going to happen", according to the news outlet Bridge Michigan.
Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani held a 90-minute news conference Thursday where he and his team laid out dubious legal claims, aired debunked conspiracy theories and brought no specific, credible evidence of voter fraud. Many lawsuits have already been dismissed although a number of rulings are still to be made.
Mr Giuliani railed against the reporting of his team's legal challenges, saying the media had shown an "irrational pathological hatred for the president".
If Michigan's board of canvassers do not certify Biden's victory in the state by Monday, as would be routine, the Republican-controlled state legislature could be asked to step in and name Trump supporters as the state's 16 electors to thwart the majority will of the state's voters.
But a massive influx of mail-in ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic leaned largely to Biden, who encouraged his supporters to vote by mail, and those votes were the last to be counted. However, the losing candidate will still then have two business days to request a full recount via a scanning system.
That wish, though, has so far been waylaid by the Trump administration's unprecedented refusal to participate in the presidential transition. He said the campaign will file a new lawsuit.
Palmer told Reuters in a text yesterday that Trump called her after she voted to certify the results.
Romney's statement was the most direct criticism of Trump's chaotic post-election strategy aimed at overturning President-elect Joe Biden's win of any Republican lawmaker to date. However, Americans do not elect their president based on national popular vote, but via a format called the Electoral College which apportions 538 electoral votes across every state.
Trump lost MI by a wide margin.
"Incredibly damaging messages are being sent to the rest of the world about how democracy functions", Biden said, adding that Trump's actions in MI were particularly troubling.