Congressman Allen West has not conceded this race, his opponent declared himself the winner.
Incredulously Murphy said, “I think we won because the voters spoke, they are tired of the extremism and the divisiveness, and they want someone willing to put the country first.” “That’s what we represent, that’s what this campaign is all about and that’s who I am.”
Excuse me? Put the the country first? Try putting on a uniform first Daddy’s boy.
This posted two hours ago.
Allen West, Patrick Murphy District 18 race results: West seeks injunction to count paper ballots
Florida Rep. Allen West on Wednesday demanded a recount as his bid for reelection remained too close to call, with the tea party Republican trailing his Democratic opponent by fewer than 3,000 votes.
Patrick Murphy has 160,328 votes, or 50.4 percent, to West’s 157,782 votes, or 49.6 percent, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press, which has yet to call the race.
West was elected as part of 2010′s tea party wave. | Reuters
West, who warned before the election of “nefarious actions” by Democrats, suggested a county election supervisor was trying to rig the election.
“Late last night Congressman West maintained a district wide lead of nearly 2,000 votes until the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections ‘recounted’ thousands of early ballots,” West’s campaign said in a statement. “Following that ‘recount’ Congressman West trailed by 2,400 votes.”
West also said there were “numerous other disturbing irregularities” in St. Lucie County. Complete article below.
“The St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections office clearly ignored proper rules and procedures, and the scene at the Supervisor’s office last night could only be described as complete chaos,” the campaign said. “Given the hostility and demonstrated incompetence of the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections, we believe it is critical that a full hand recount of the ballots take place in St. Lucie County. We will continue to fight to ensure every vote is counted properly and fairly, and accordingly we will pursue all legal means necessary.”
Murphy declared victory shortly after 1 a.m., according to TCPalm.com. West had yet to concede. Murphy’s 0.8 point lead is outside the 0.5 margin that would require a recount in the Sunshine State.
“Allen West was quite a character to run against,” Murphy said in his victory speech, according to the website. “And I’ll keep it at that, and hopefully that’s the last time I ever need to mention his name, too.”
The Palm Beach Post reports provisional and absentee ballots in Democratic-leaning Palm Beach County still need to be counted. Murphy’s campaign manager told the newspaper the outstanding ballots weren’t enough to overturn the results.
West, a retired Army colonel who left the military after firing off a gun near the head of an Iraqi prisoner, was elected as part of the 2010 tea party wave. As one of the GOP’s few black elected officials on the national level — and as a bombastic and incendiary commentator — West became a frequent cable news guest. He spent $13.8 million, more than any other House member in 2012 but was also a regular star of House Democratic fundraising appeals.
Murphy, a vice president in his family’s construction company, was aided by $3.4 million in super PAC spending. One of those PACs was at least partially funded by Murphy’s family.