Rep. Allen West Concedes Race to Patrick Murphy

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by Sharon Rondeau

Rep. Allen West of Florida’s 18th District has conceded the November 6 election to Patrick Murphy

(Nov. 20, 2012) — After two weeks of contention, Rep. Allen West of Florida’s 18th congressional district has conceded the race to Democrat Patrick Murphy.  West said that he now believes that any existing inaccuracies in the vote count would not change the final result of the contest.

A partial recount of early votes in St. Lucie County had been conducted on November 11, but unsatisfied, West’s campaign had asked for a full recount of all early votes in the county.  While a judge denied the request, the county canvassing board approved it on Friday.  The full recount of all early ballots cast proceeded on Sunday but reportedly missed the noon deadline for reporting to the state capital.  Some reports stated that the results had been reported on time.

The Washington Times reported that West’s election night lead disappeared when St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections “inexplicably ‘recounted’ thousands of early ballots, resulting in 4,400 vote shift to the challenger.”  Walker had acknowledged that errors were made in counting the ballots and had reportedly ended up in the hospital on Sunday as the final early-vote recount took place.

Evidence of election fraud and the media apparently having been notified early of Sunday’s recount outcome remain.

West served one term in Congress after having won election in 2010 as a Tea Party candidate.  He is a retired veteran of the U.S. Army and has equated the struggle for entrepreneurship and individual responsibility to a “battlefield.”  On January 30, he said Obama and Nancy Pelosi should “get the h*** out of the United States of America.”  If re-elected he had said that he would make sure that Florida remained “grand.”

“Leaders don’t need a title to be able to lead,” West said on Fox & Friends this morning.

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