Judge denies Allen West's request for fuller recount
November 16th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Judge denies Allen West's request for fuller recount

(CNN) – A Florida judge on Friday denied Rep. Allen West's request for a recount of all early ballots in his race for re-election because his appeal did not meet the requirements for a temporary injunction, CNN affiliate WPBF reported.

West's campaign had filed a complaint Tuesday in St. Lucie County, calling for the court to order a recount of all of the early ballots cast in Florida's 18th Congressional District.

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While the Democratic candidate, Patrick Murphy, declared victory last week in the close contest, West has yet to concede, citing the razor thin margin between the two.

On Friday, West's campaign said that while they "respect the court's decision, we remain concerned the voters in St. Lucie County will not be able to have confidence in the integrity of the electoral process and their right to a fair election, and will continue to pursue all legal options to ensure they do."

"It became apparent today that Patrick Murphy has no interest in having a fair and accurate count of votes," the campaign continued. "We are dismayed that a man who clearly has no respect for the law suddenly wants to lecture others about it. Regarding the "rule of law," the fact that the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections did not follow it is part of the reason we have found so many discrepancies with the votes."

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 Friday, the website of Florida's secretary of state indicated Murphy had a roughly 1,900-vote lead over West out of 330,594 total ballots cast. The .58% margin falls outside of the .5% less margin 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.

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


Filed under: 2012 • Allen West • Florida
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. California Gary

    Go away West....your 15 minutes of fame has expired. If you really wanted to stay in the Congress for awhile, you should have conducted yourself in a more responsible way. Later dude......

    November 16, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Larry in Houston

    somebody needs to ask west – how long does he think it will Take ? 6 months ? 12 more months to re-count ? 2 yrs ? How many times do you need to "re-count" ?? amazing.

    November 16, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    See ya'. Stop wasting tax payer dollars, please. In our democracy, you are supposed to lsoe with grace and humility. Mr. West, yiou are putting Allen first, not "Country First". I'm out, and so are you. See ya'.

    November 16, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    What an embarassment he is. I can't wait until he's off the national stage for good.

    November 16, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Bill

    This guy is the worst. Goodbye and good riddence. A nasty, ineffective, and inept clown. Someone like this has no business in the US.S. Congress. I believe he claimed that 87 members belonged to the Communist party.

    November 16, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Back under your rock, West. Begone ye foul beasty!!!

    November 16, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    West, the goofball, should run in communist China or somila or see if the teliban will take him ,we don't want the gop reject in Florida !!!!

    November 16, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. mrllmc@yahoo.com

    @ California Gary – I second the emotion! Go away, West! Far, far away....

    November 16, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Brian

    Be gone...God don't like ugly!

    November 16, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Dems should have no fear of a recount, if indeed the election results were honest.

    November 16, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. just sayin

    so ensuring that peoples votes are counted properly and the right right person won is not important??? there were a lot of irregularities there. isn't this disenfranchising all of the voters in that district? democrats have succeeded in not only destroying our country and economy, they have now moved on to destroying our election process.

    November 16, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. LLMC

    @ California Gary – I second the emotion! Go away, West! Far, far away....

    November 16, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Mitt Robme_DRAFT_DODGING, TAX_EVADING_POS

    This idiot is still living in his own bubble after he lost....time to go out there in the real and get a J.O.B. Allen West!!!

    Our tax paying dollar$$$ can't continue to fund your vitriol and hatred for the America people anymore...TEA PARTY is DEAD!!!............go home or head on to Sarah Palin home so yall can see Russia from her porch idiot!!!!

    wahwahwahwah.........what a whinner and a crybaby just like Mitt!!!!

    November 16, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. proudmemberofglobalzero

    Thank you Palm Beach and St. Lucie County. I am in a new district...didn't vote for Lois Frankel in the Primary but she was the one that made it out of the Democratic Primary in August. I am glad she won the General election. I will tell you though I know some AA voters that voted for him not realizing he is unstable. With a choice between a veteran with an honorable discharge in Patrick Murphy and Allen West and his military record, they made the better choice.

    November 16, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Stephen Blank, DDS

    A clear message to the tea party and devisive behavior. Good Bye Mr. West. Will he seek another government job? Government doesn't create jobs. Soldier, teacher, congressman. Hmmmm.

    November 16, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. Romney is NOT My Hero

    Yep – DENIED!! Thank goodness. Now go get a haircut from this century, ya squared headed nutcase.

    November 16, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. yup

    buh bye

    November 16, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    West probably called the Judge a communist, so he can "count" himself lucky he didn't get thrown in jail. Go home West, see ya, they don't want you, you lost, so go home and stay there.

    November 16, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. 1crusader

    It's time for West to go away, but some Republicans here in my state of Georgia, where West was born, have expressed interest in his running for Congress to represent a Georgian district.Say it ain't so ! This man has made some outrageous claims-like there are up to 81 Democrats who are Communists in Congress.He constantly seems like he's coming unhinged.He is bad news.We don't need Florida's reject.

    November 16, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Joi Gibson

    As a Floridian, may I just say GO AWAY!!!! You lost, deal with it and go away. You are giving Florida a bad name and quite frankly, with the shenanigans of Lurch (Gov. Scott), you are not helping the state's reputation. Stop whining already.

    November 16, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. Me IN HOUSTON

    NANANA NA
    NANANA NA
    HEY HEY HEY
    GOOD BYE

    now if we could only get rid of Michelle Bachmann

    November 16, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. ALittleBird

    Palin – West 2016! (Oh, please, please, please let this happen!)

    November 16, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Mitt Robme_DRAFT_DODGING, TAX_EVADING_POS

    this he-goat should be feeding off of his wee wee! he is the worse of the worst human specimen that has ever hit the congress floor...this idiot is ugly and nasty, and he's not deserving of a dog-catcher let alone being in congress!!!!

    the american people have spoken...now crawl back under the rock that u came from!!!

    November 16, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Ben Goodman

    How did West ever become a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army? A real embarrassment to our Army, and to the country at large as well.

    November 16, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Mac

    Give up, Loser.

    November 16, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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