Allen West calls for a fuller recount
November 13th, 2012
08:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Allen West calls for a fuller recount

(CNN) – Rep. Allen West's campaign said it filed a complaint Tuesday in St. Lucie County, calling for the court to order a recount of all early ballots in his race for re-election.

While the Democratic candidate, Patrick Murphy, declared victory last week in the close contest for Florida's 18th Congressional District, West has yet to concede, citing the razor thin margin between the two.

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West, a first term Republican congressman and retired Army lieutenant colonel, and Patrick were locked in one of the country's most expensive races for a U.S. House seat, according to a ranking prepared by the Center for Responsive Politics. West raised $17 million through mid-October and Murphy brought in $3.7 million, according for Federal Election Commission records.

On Saturday, Murphy had a roughly 2,400-vote lead over West. The county's canvassing board, however, issued a partial recount Sunday. Since then, Murphy's lead has narrowed, and as of Tuesday evening, he held an advantage of 1,907 votes over West.

Still, the .58% margin falls outside of the .5% needed for an automatic recount.

The votes are considered unofficial until November 20, when election officials have said the results will be certified. But West's campaign argues the certification date should be postponed until all the early ballots are counted.

In a statement Tuesday, the campaign said only three days worth of early voting ballots were considered in the partial recount on Sunday-not the full early voting period of eight days.

Also in his request for a recount, West pointed to a substantial difference in the total number of votes reported Saturday compared to Tuesday–in fact, 799 fewer votes were listed on Tuesday than a few days prior.

Saying "nearly 1,000 votes disappeared from the count" without "any explanation," West's campaign said if the remaining early votes were to be recounted, "additional errors would be uncovered" and the final tally could be revised.

The Secretary of State's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday evening about West's complaint.

– CNN's Ashley Killough, Gregory Wallace, Kevin Bohn, and Robert Yoon contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Allen West • Florida • House
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Mary Ann Johnson

    How much longer will this thug Allen West be entertained with this nonsense. Put him in a straight jacket and a muzzle and send him home!

    November 14, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  2. Thomas

    West raised $17 million through mid-Octobe

    Shame on you West , your a sorry excuse of a man. Let go , move on , find a real job and get a life .
    Your only reason your being in office was for the free lunch ! Unfortunately you receive free medical for the rest of your life on the tax payers dollar . Republican Joe Walsh and yourself should start a business together, W & W Septic Service .

    Save the 5000 dollar check Sarah Palin gave you the day before the election and use it to learn a new skill .

    November 14, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Put any face you want on the message. it is going to be the same response

    November 14, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  4. tonedeaf

    Put any face you want on the message. it is going to be the same response

    November 14, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  5. Thinking Texan

    Go for it Allen West, it is all a communist conspiracy against you and your righteous causes.
    Watch out for those communists, they are being back by space aliens who are illuminati followers.
    They know all the tricks in the book.

    enjoy your recount!
    then exit stage left. BYE BYE

    November 14, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  6. dssman

    Allen West has proven that he is not a true American but a partisan hack. He said after the recount he would concede if he still lost from the St. Lucie recount. Well he did and he lied and refused to concede. He is not a person who should represent Floridas 18 Congressional District.

    November 14, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  7. I'M JUST SAYING TOO!!!!

    The kitchen is closed loser. No new orders!!! Go home,,,,

    November 14, 2012 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  8. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    If this man wanted to be viewed as "serious", he would accept the inevitable and be gracious in his defeat. Any other reaction, proves how SMALL he really is!!!

    November 14, 2012 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  9. david mann

    Another " I refuse to accept reality" Teapotter. You're a loser bub. Live with it.

    November 14, 2012 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  10. Gurgyl

    Drive this animal with Mitch mcConnol, Erick, Ryan etc in next election, these are miscreant animals of nasty. Vote these out. Hats off to USA–you did great job!!! God bless!!!

    November 14, 2012 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  11. RobMangus

    I am so glad that Alan West has the courage to stand for justice in this. At the continued uncovering of massive voter fraud nation wide, let us hope that Mr. Romney will contest the results as well.

    November 14, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  12. n, tx

    Once a loser is always a loser. U lost the election so concede, better for the country, not for your pockets, I feel Sorry for u west, and I feel sorry for the people who voted for u. Grow up and be a man.

    November 14, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  13. linda

    Another Republican in denignal,,,,,,,move on......you lost......the GOP is the poorist losers I have ever seen

    November 14, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
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