After recount, unofficial results show challenger still ahead of Rep. West
November 18th, 2012
09:23 PM ET
8 years ago

After recount, unofficial results show challenger still ahead of Rep. West

(CNN) - Although both Republican Rep. Allen West and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy picked up votes in a weekend recount, the unofficial numbers did not change each man's standing – with Murphy still ahead – and, regardless, the latest count may not factor into the final totals.

Following the recount of early ballots cast in St. Lucie County, Murphy had 65,841 votes to West's 52,704 in that county.

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Those numbers, however, were not included in unofficial results reported on the Florida Secretary of State's website Sunday evening. The campaigns acknowledged the county did not meet a noon deadline for submitting recounted vote tallies to the state.

As of Sunday evening, Murphy led the incumbent West 166,257 to 164,353 in Florida's 18th district, which includes three counties.

Murphy's campaign manager Anthony Kusich said in a statement Sunday, "No matter which results Allen West looks at, he's lost.

"This recount should once and for all lay to rest the false claims that West somehow was 'cheated' out of a seat in Congress," Kusich continued. "It is beyond time to put this campaign behind us and put the interests of the people of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches first."

Murphy has declared victory on previous occasions after results were reported.

In a post to his Facebook page on Sunday evening, West wrote, "From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone for their support during this effort to ensure the integrity of our electoral process. It is truly humbling. I cannot state enough how proud I am to stand with each and every one of you, patriots all. You are the bedrock of our constitutional republic."

He said earlier in a statement, "Since Election Day we have been working for a fair and accurate accounting of the election outcome in which voters can put their full trust. We will review the results of today's recount and the other available data to determine how to proceed.

"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 was referring to officials sent to the county by the state after irregularities surfaced, including an uncounted box of ballots and West's assertion that some early votes were counted twice.

St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker ordered late Friday that all early votes in her county be recounted beginning Saturday morning. West's court petition for a recount was denied Friday, but a canvassing board ordered the retabulation, citing sufficient concern to grant the re-examination of the votes, according to CNN affiliate WPBF.

West, a first-term congressman and retired Army lieutenant colonel, and Patrick locked in one of the country's most expensive U.S. House races, 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.

- CNN's Robert Yoon, John Fricke, Dana Davidsen and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Allen West • Florida • Patrick Murphy
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. LBAM

    Allen West you are a disgrace to the black race and a damn fool. I really think you are chronically ill. Well, you are from Florida, so what else can I expect. No disrespect to Floridians, but you people have sent some NUT BAGS to Congress..

    November 18, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  2. Emma in Baltimore

    Thank goodness West is out. Better still: thank goodness money couldn't buy elections.

    November 19, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  3. Pander Bear

    So after the recount he's losing by even more votes. Hopefully they can keep recounting until they propel the Earth backwards through time and erase this jackwagon's entire Congressional history.

    November 19, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  4. Anonymous

    "No matter which results Allen West looks at, he's lost.

    How many of these guys can Fox News hire ?

    November 19, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  5. MOCaseA

    Just goes to show... Money alone cannot buy you a seat...

    November 19, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  6. Namejanette

    Wow west and Romney are something else esp when it comes to integrity after the way the Repubicans have behaved during campaign . The hate they and their backers have been incited and attempts to surpress voters really? Integrity?

    November 19, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  7. Yonni

    Thank God this guy was not born in a third world country he would have clenched to power until the end.

    November 19, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  8. plain&simple

    You lost Mr. how to do so with whatever honor you may have more words please!

    November 19, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  9. An objective observer

    I think Alan West has had his 15 mins of fame... He should now step aside gracefully...

    November 19, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  10. biologixco

    Want Ads:
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    November 19, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  11. chuck

    Yeah its over for Allens career, dudes completely long FLAKO.

    November 19, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  12. Proud Independent !

    West quit wasting the Taxpayers money on these stupid recounts ! You LOST plain and simple ! Maybe if you would have tried to be a moderate voice in Washington you might have won , but you chose to be a right wing extremist and in this election that garbage wasn't going to fly ! Good Riddance , we don't need any more GOP nutcases in congress !

    November 19, 2012 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  13. SandyS

    Thank Goodness! – now maybe they can get something done in Congress with one of the main obstructionist out of the way. The only thing he ever did was engage in hateful dialogue and name calling. NOT what we need to get this country moving again. We need people that are willing to work across the isle and not engage in a lot of hateful rhetoric.

    November 19, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  14. Donkey Party

    Despots and dictators behave just like West. Pack your crap and head to the unemployment line, you national disgrace!

    November 19, 2012 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  15. tj

    Perhaps saying things like ". I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of the Communist Party." was a bad idea.

    November 19, 2012 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  16. Ben4ur

    "West raised $17 million through mid-October and Murphy brought in $3.7 million, according for Federal Election Commission records."

    Goes to show CNN also commits one of the most dumbest grammatical errors...smh!

    November 19, 2012 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  17. Howard

    Allen West needs to shelve his ego and do the decent thing ... concede this election. The voters have spoken, and he was unable to convince enough of them to keep his job.

    November 19, 2012 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  18. Gurgyl

    USA needs to wake up pass Florida voting Reform-it is ten days after election, GOP idiots want to play with this DEMOCRACY???? Nonsense. I believe voter suppression in Florida. Is this a third world nation??? Worst than that???? Idiots. Wake up and ask for passing voting fraud reform–Obama, please focus on this.

    November 19, 2012 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  19. TM

    West is obviously basing his claims on information only he has access to by way of that super secret security clearance he has, the one that even the President can't get.

    November 19, 2012 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  20. gwats

    YOU LOST. There is no other way to look @ these tallies and draw any other logical conclusion. You and the Tea party need to go away now like some bad dream. See you again in two years.

    November 19, 2012 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  21. MarieMD

    This west should move to Delaware or Alaska and spend some time with those two crazy women who think they are still relevant.
    Give it up. YOU LOSt!!!

    November 19, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  22. rosethornne

    Dear Mr West:

    "Fair" does not mean "count different ways until I win",
    it means "facts in a reality-based world".

    And in that world, you lost.
    Now please go away.

    November 19, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  23. John

    Allen West should just realize he Lost and be a man and a mitt It , and move on with his life. All he doing right now Is making a fool out of him self.

    November 19, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  24. wwf

    The male Palin of politics is gone! About time.

    November 19, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  25. Jules


    November 19, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
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