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Partial Recount Narrows Gap for Allen West in Tight Race

Sunday, 11 Nov 2012 06:51 PM

An attorney for U.S. Rep. Allen West called a partial recount process in St. Lucie County, Florida, Sunday a "sham" that would de little to clarify a close race against Democrat Patrick Murphy that West refuses to concede.

The recount lowered the lead of Democrat Patrick Murphy in the Congressional District 18 contest by 535 votes.

With another court challenge looming, West’s campaign manager Tim Edson told the Palm Beach Post on Sunday that they were expecting a recount of all eight days of early voting.

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“What’s going on today is a sham,” Edson said told the Post. “It does nothing at all to address the concerns we had after being told yesterday they would be recounting all early votes.”

West is currently trailing Murphy by 2,442 votes. The Florida Division of Elections website had Murphy's vote total at 166,890 and West's at 164,448.

By recounting just the final days of Early Voting, only 16,275 ballots were run through the tabulators at the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections Office inside the former Orange Blossom Mall in Fort Pierce, Florida.

West, a first-term Congressman, is a Tea Party favorite known for his strong criticism of President Obama and other Democrats.

Even if the results of the partial recount do not change the race, West still has the option to contest the election if misconduct or fraud might have changed its result.

A judge on Friday denied West’s request to impound ballots and voting machines. The state tally in the Florida’s redrawn 18th congressional district follows additional vote counting in Palm Beach County.

County election officials worked until early Saturday morning to count absentee and problems ballots as well as uncounted ballots from early voting and Election Day, according to the Post. The district also includes parts of Martin County, along the state’s so-called Gold Coast.

The group Revive America has rallied to support West should he mount a legal challenge. The conservative group sent out an email Saturday calling for donations and saying Washington Republicans are now giving West little help, Fox News reported.

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“Dear Patriot,” the email begins. “Conservative hero Allen West is in the midst of a brutal recount. … The liberals threw everything they had at him in this election and couldn't defeat him outright. So now they are trying to STEAL this election.”

Circuit Judge David Crow on Friday called the West’s motion "entirely premature," saying that vote-counting procedures are in place and being followed. An attorney for West said the campaign was simply trying to make sure the election is fair and transparent.

An attorney for Murphy called West's legal actions a "political stunt." Murphy also filed papers, stating West's court documents were riddled with errors and that he failed to give a single reason his request is valid.



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An attorney for U.S. Rep. Allen West called a partial recount process in St. Lucie County, Florida, Sunday a sham that would de little to clarify a close race against Democrat Patrick Murphy that West refuses to concede. The recount lowered the lead of Democrat Patrick...
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