FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — It appears that Florida Republican Congressman Allen West has lost his House seat.
A recount was held this weekend in St. Lucie County, after West challenged the results of the Nov. 6 election. The original tally showed Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy had won by just over 1,900 votes, a margin wide enough to head off an automatic recount. But, GOP officials suspected irregularities in the early voting ballots and requested the recount.
St. Lucie County officials actually missed a noon deadline to finish processing the 37,000 ballots in question. So, without any changes reported, the original results, favoring Murphy, will be certified, unless the state grants an emergency exemption. The West campaign may still seek that exemption.
But, a Murphy campaign adviser says, as far as they're concerned, it's over.
West, was a first-term tea party favorite and one of only two black Republicans in the House.
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AP correspondent Matt Sedensky reports, even though St. Lucie County election officials missed a noon deadline to report the recount results in Republican Congressman Allen West's bid to remain in Congress, unofficial results again give the win to Democrat Patrick Murphy.
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AP correspondent Matt Sedensky reports Congressman Allen West's campaign is not ready to concede the race to Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy.
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Tim Edson, campaign manager for Congressman Allen West, R-Fla.
Tim Edson, the campaign manager for Republican Congressman Alan West, says there were problems in the counting of ballots in St. Lucie County. (The 1,907-vote lead for challenger Patrick Murphy is below the threshold that mandates a recount)
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Allen West headshot, as Republican US congressional candidate for Florida, Boca Raton, graphic element on gray