Controversial Tea Partier Rep. Allen West has lost his congressional seat in Florida despite running brutal ads against his opponent Democrat Patrick Murphy, and GOP efforts to redistrict him into a more favorable race.

West, who has consistently made headlines throughout his two years in office with his incendiary remarks about the president and his fellow legislators, was widely seen as a target for Democrats to regain a seat in the House.

NBC News called the race for Murphy early this morning after he took a lead of just over 1,000 votes against West.

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