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Rep. Allen West challenger declares victory - again - after missed certification deadline

Florida Republican Rep. Allen West's Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy declared victory - again - in the tight-locked House race today after the St. Lucie County canvassing board missed its noon deadline to certify recount results, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Florida law states that if the deadline to certify final results to the state Division of Elections passes, the unofficial certified results stand. Those counts, submitted last Sunday, show Murphy ahead by 0.58 percent, just above the 0.5 percent spread that would trigger an automatic recount.

Murphy has already declared victory once, and is in Washington, D.C., for freshman orientation. In a prepared statement shortly after noon, his campaign manager Anthony Kusich said: "It is beyond time to put this campaign behind us and put the interests of the people on the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches first."

West's campaign, though, is calling for an emergency hearing over "concerns" raised during the recount process, including results showing that 900 votes were cast in precinct 93, where there are only seven voters registered.

As usual, Murphy's people are full of garbage," West campaign manager Tim Edson told the Post. "This is something the secretary of state and governor will have to sort out."

One day earlier, Edson had said he was encouraged by the efficiency of the recount, which began at 9:40 a.m. Saturday and went until 10 p.m. The process resumed Sunday at 8 a.m. Canvassing board member Tod Lowery said Sunday the board still had to review write-in and other questionable ballots from eight days before early voting ended.

The canvassing board agreed to recount ballots cast during the last three days of early voting after discovering some of the county's election machines had been unable to read some electronic memory cartridges. But when the elections office admitted to double-counting some ballots and ignoring others on Nov. 6, West, among a mass of legal complaints filed following Murphy's initial declaration of victory, moved that the board recount all votes cast during early voting.

by Anonymousreply 611/18/2012

Activist Judges! Voter Fraud!

by Anonymousreply 111/18/2012

Florida hasn't changed much since 2000.

by Anonymousreply 211/18/2012

[bold] Allen West-Patrick Murphy Recount: Incumbent's Campaign Still Vows 'This Election Is Far From Over' [/bold]

MIAMI, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Tea Party-backed Republican Congressman Allen West said he was still not ready to concede defeat on Sunday, almost two weeks after the Nov. 6 election, when the clock ran out on a partial recount in South Florida.

Results showing West trailing Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy by 1,900 votes were now expected to be turned over to the state Division of Elections for official certification.

West was granted a recount of early ballots in St. Lucie county at the weekend, but officials were unable to complete the process before time ran out at midday on Sunday.

"Today at noon, it became clear Patrick Murphy will be officially certified as the next congressman from the 18th Congressional District," said Murphy's campaign manager Anthony Kusich. "It is beyond time to put this campaign behind us."

Under Florida law in the event of an incomplete recount the original returns are automatically submitted for certification by the state.

"This is election is far from over," said West's campaign manager, Tim Edson, in a statement calling the results "highly suspect."

"We will continue to fight on behalf of all voters in District 18 to ensure a fair and accurate count of their votes," he added, without saying how the campaign planned to challenge the result.

West, 51, a former Army lieutenant colonel, is seeking his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where Republicans held onto their majority in the election.

West amassed one of the largest campaign war chests among House Republicans. His known supporters include Americans for Prosperity, the conservative political advocacy group funded by the billionaire Koch brothers.

Murphy, 29, a political newcomer in his first congressional race, ran a surprisingly well-backed campaign focused on branding West as a divisive, right-wing extremist.

by Anonymousreply 311/18/2012

I'm not going down without a fight, bitches!

by Anonymousreply 411/18/2012

Allen West is what happens when you don't prosecute war criminals.

by Anonymousreply 511/18/2012

This is all upside for West.

He knows he lost but he's energizing his base for a long speaking tour.

by Anonymousreply 611/18/2012
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