Judge Rules Against West’s Recount Request
Posted at 3:42 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2012
West, right, had his recount request denied by a St. Lucie County judge Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
A St. Lucie County Judge ruled against Rep. Allen B. West, R-Fla., Friday, denying his request to force the county to recount all of the early ballots.
Earlier, the county recounted only some of the early votes after it said it would recount all of them. The St. Lucie County supervisor of elections is a Democrat and the West campaign alleges impropriety.
But the judge declined to force a recount of all early votes in St. Lucie County, one of three counties that are in the 18th District.
West trails Democrat Patrick Murphy by more than 1,900 votes, according to The Associated Press. Murphy has declared victory and attended freshman orientation on Capitol Hill this week.
Murphy’s campaign crowed about the ruling.
“Once again, Congressman Allen West’s political stunts have been dismissed by the courts. Instead of admitting defeat, Allen West wants to keep counting votes until he gets the outcome he desires,” said Murphy campaign manager Anthony Kusich in a statement. “That’s not how elections work and that is not how the law works.”
Another legal complaint from the West campaign, this one regarding absentee ballots, is still pending, according to the Palm Beach Post.
The canvassing board of St. Lucie County meets Friday and could order a full recount of early votes as well, the Post reported.