Rep. West vows to keep fighting for partial recount after judge denies request
Republican Rep. Allen West vowed Friday to keep fighting for a partial recount in his re-election race, after a Florida judge denied his request to revisit the count that showed Democrat Patrick Murphy winning.
Attorneys for the Tea Party-backed Florida congressman, who was elected in the 2010 Republican wave, argued that all 37,000 ballots cast during early voting in St. Lucie County should be recounted.
But after a judge turned him down, West blasted Murphy’s “army of lawyers” and made clear he was not conceding the race.
“While we 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,” West said, citing the “many discrepancies” with the votes.
St. Lucie County officials originally recounted just three days of early voting — from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3 — following the discovery that machines doubled counted some ballots.