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October 20, 2014

Recount Complete, Patrick Murphy’s Lead Over Allen West Increases

After a long-awaited recount of early voting ballots in St. Lucie County was completed Sunday, businessman Patrick Murphy, a Democrat, increased his lead over Republican Rep. Allen B. West and re-declared victory.

West has not conceded the race, which remains uncalled by The Associated Press. But his path to the 113th Congress now looks significantly narrower.

“We will review the results of today’s recount and the other available data to determine how to proceed,” he said in a statement.

“I have been humbled by the support we have received and the hard work of so many to ensure the integrity of this process. We look forward to the report which will be issued by the secretary of State’s auditors this coming week which we hope will shed light on some of the outstanding issues,” West added.

In still-unofficial results — the state of Florida is expected to certify final results soon — Murphy led West by more than 2,000 votes in their contest in the 18th District. St. Lucie County, the site of much of the post-Election Day wrangling, recounted all the early vote ballots over the weekend, which increased Murphy’s margin. St. Lucie County is one of three in the newly configured district.

“Patrick Murphy expanded his lead to over 2,100 votes after Allen West’s latest recount, and now the congressman needs to come to grips with the reality that he lost,” Murphy campaign manager Anthony Kusich said in a statement.

The 18th District race was one of the nastiest and hardest-fought congressional elections of the 2012 cycle.

  • bpai_99@yahoo.com

    What is wrong with those people in St. Lucie County? Don’t they realize they need to keep re-counting the votes until West is declared the winner? The point is not that votes be counted accurately, it is that West must come out on top. Get it right.

    • mkshares@comcast.net

      Better yet, if West loses the re-count then he should pay for it.

  • gerrickbusl@gmail.com

    The actual recount should be one that includes the residency of the “voter,” I believe that fully 1/3 of the votes cast for Murphy were cast illegally by non-residents, many of whom could not even speak English, except to ask how to vote for Obama and Murphy, and then to make sure they got their “I voted” sticker, so they could collect their compensation from the DNC or a PAC group for voting, and that is illegal!

    • bpai_99@yahoo.com

      If you believe it, then it must be true. Let’s throw out the results and go with what the West supporters want.

  • bpai_99@yahoo.com

    Everyone fails to grasp the obvious: no count is accurate unless it shows West winning. The County needs to keep recounting the votes until that preordained conclusion is reached.

    Witness the GOP Selective Reality Acceptance Syndrome in action: nothing is true or valid unless they choose to accept it as so.

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