Florida Officials Order Partial Recount in Allen West Race

Florida officials ordered a partial recount of ballots in the 18th District’s race between Republican Allen West and Democrat Patrick Murphy.

Allen West led on election night but currently trails Murphy by 2,442 votes.
FOX News reported:

Election officials in St. Lucie County will recount early votes cast in the hotly contested race for Florida’s 18th district’s House seat between Tea Party favorite Rep. Allen West and his challenger, Democrat Patrick Murphy.

The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board announced late Saturday it had set an “emergency meeting” to start at 7 a.m. Sunday at its headquarters, to “recount all ballots cast during early voting.” The number of early ballots is estimated by officials to be roughly 37,000.

West, who has refused to concede the race, is currently trailing Murphy by 2,442 votes, according to the latest results from Florida Division of Elections. On its website, the agency says West has garnered 164,448 votes to Murphy’s 166,890.

“There are possible irregularities in St. Lucie County,” claims Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, a Florida lawyer volunteering for the West campaign who has been quoted on the issue. “On Sunday we’ll have a chance to recount the early votes and that’s a good start to preserving the integrity of the democratic process.”

West’s campaign said in a Saturday statement it was pleased with the news of the partial recount.

“This decision should help shed light on the situation of this election,” the statement said. “This is the action we were seeking to ensure the results of this election were fair and accurate.”

West’s campaign had said earlier Saturday that issues with the voting in St. Lucie County meant the race was still undecided.

“Late on Election Night, Congressman West led by 1,700 votes,” West for Congress said in a statement. “Following the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections’ decision to recount thousands of early ballots after a technical glitch, the margin shifted by 4,000. In order to ensure that votes were not doubled counted, we have requested that the St. Lucie Supervisor of Elections make public the poll check-in books to ensure the numbers of ballots cast matches the numbers of voters checked-in at the polls.”

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  • Lady Mondegreen

    He’s out. We’re entering an era of compromise and the GOP doesn’t want people like West around. If we have any hope for 2016, we will need to show some achievements in the next four years and that will involve working with the Executive Branch no matter how much we may dislike Obama. There is no place for West in that scenario.

  • Stella Baskomb

    “the GOP doesn’t want people like West around. ”

    Lady M, isn’t the point of the recount to confirm / determine “the will of the people” – – not “the will of the GOP”?

  • Robert

    Lady Moonbat who’s this “we” you’re talking about?

    And we all know the democrat definition of “compromise”.

  • d_fitz

    LOL@ Comment #1

  • Conservative Ken

    #1 lady M

    You are absolutely right! Florida Republicans were in on the move the redistrict Allen West.

  • Truth Seeker

    With all else that is cascading in the wrong direction in this country, election integrity MUST be maintained! That is the first step to a free society. Lady Mondegreen, you seem to be suggesting that we should shrug our shoulders, give in, and let the party leaders decide who is appropriate to win office based on their “informed” opinions of what is best for the rest of us. I sense your dose of reality and irony, but we simply can’t afford to roll over on this.

  • bobbi

    I live here. West will win. If not 3 let’s join Louisiana and Texas in seceding.

  • onbe

    #4 November 11, 2012 at 9:18 am
    d_fitz commented:

    LOL@ Comment #1

    Agrees with Number 4


  • Larse

    Is there anything we can do to help Allen West? My gosh we have to get this
    country back on track.

  • Linda

    #1 November 11, 2012 at 9:06 am
    Lady Mondegreen commented:

    …If we have any hope for 2016, we will need to show some achievements in the next four years and that will involve working with the Executive Branch no matter how much we may dislike Obama.


    On the contrary…if the Executive Branch got with Rep. Allen West…a whole lot would be accomplished and this country would start to head in the RIGHT DIRECTION!

    Rep. Allen West my Hero…A Mighty Man of Valor, God’s Blessings!!!

  • joyo

    We need West in the House of Representatives since he is the only person brave enough to take on so many of the Progressives in both parties. Let us all help him as much as we can.

  • ★FALCON★

    In my humble opinion – it is very likely the GOP lost those crucial votes due TO WORKING with Obama and not providing any opposition.

    The 6 trillion in deficit spending makes everyone I know want to puke and over the last two years there was no leadership to stop the out of control spending. We are now paying 455 billion per year on the debt service.

    I believe if there is no firm opposition to Obama in the next two years and, actually starting right now on the “fiscal cliff”, the party will be finished and a new TEA Party will dominate the conservative vote. The GOP will be fooling around for the Hispanic, Black and women’s vote and pandering, like the Democrats.

    Trying to be inclusive will water down the platform and that’s not the party’s ideal.

  • Navy seal

    What happened to the La & Tx story yesterday, it vanished!

  • texasps

    Go Col. Allen West! We’ve got your back. We are intitles to fair and free elections. Plus the Military ballots must be counted. They arrived in time, someone just stuck them in a warehouse marked ammunition.

    Prayers for Rep. Allen West and his loved ones. We need Tea Party representation in the House for checks & balance. If this seat was stolen, we need to know that! Recount is neccessary – too many documented fraudulent reporst from Tea Party & Freedom Works poll watchers.

    Yeah, the Obama Administration kept bragging about their ground game. Well the Freedomworks, Tea Party, Palin, Evanagelical, Beck, etc. ground game was stealth and very widespread. Some were overseeing the Democrats ground game. Ha! I don’t think they saw it coming. The media can’t lie their way out of this one as there is plenty of documented proof.

    Game on! Fight like a girl 😀

  • ★FALCON★
  • texasps

    Oh yeah… and Dividing up America.What do y’all think? :) pic.twitter.com/1Lo2A76f LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • texasps

    Oh yeah… and Dividing up America.What do y’all think? pic.twitter.com/1Lo2A76f LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • Objective Analysis

    If West pulls this off, then he is showing the way to fight these Progressives/Communists/Fascists/Marxists/Liberals.

    I LOVE IT.

    James Russell Lowell states “Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne, Yet that scaffold sways the future and beyond the dim unknown standeth God within the shadows, keeping watch above his own.”

    Everyone knows these DemocRATS and progressive republicans would lie, steal and cheat and even kill their own to get their way. They are pure evil.

  • texasps

    13 November 11, 2012 at 10:06 am
    Navy sea It this what you wanted?l

    It’s up to 10 States: Peacefully grant the State of New York to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.–> TEN States Petition to Withdraw from USA

  • Joanne

    God Bless Allen West. Romney conceded far too early. He was suppose to be fighting for America, but he just bowed out like a good little wuss. Romney should have demanded recounts wherever there were any discrepancies, and there are alot. Allen West is no fool – he doesn’t take crap lying down. Allen West should have run for President.