West wants another recount

The increasingly desperate congressman from Florida still refuses to concede

By Jillian Rayfield
November 14, 2012 11:50PM (UTC)
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Rep. Allen West, R-Fla. ( (Wikimedia/United States Congress))

Allen West has filed a complaint calling for a full recount of votes in St. Lucie County, even after a partial recount still found Democrat Patrick Murphy to be the winner.

From the Miami Herald:

West’s campaign filed a complaint in St. Lucie County Circuit Court on Tuesday asking a judge to order a recount of all 37,379 ballots cast in St. Lucie County during the eight-day early voting period. St. Lucie, Martin and northern Palm Beach counties make up congressional District 18.

West argues a full recount is justified because a partial recount on Sunday showed Murphy losing 667 votes and West losing 132 — a net gain of 535 votes for West.

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent three representatives to the county to figure out the discrepancy, but St. Lucie County Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker said that though the results were presented on election night too hastily, "It happened, it's corrected, and we have the correct results right now."


Meanwhile, Tim Edson, West’s campaign manager, slammed Murphy for attending events in Washington, D.C., for freshman congressmen. “I think it is premature of him,” Edison said Wednesday, the Hill reports. “I understand he would like to move on and wrap this up, but for someone who claims to be certified public accountant, you would expect him to be a little more concerned about the shifting numbers and the inaccuracies of these numbers.”

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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