Allen West campaign calls race ‘far from decided,’ questions St. Lucie County tallyby George Bennett | November 7th, 2012
STUART – Republican U.S. Rep. and tea party icon Allen West is not conceding his bitter and expensive congressional race to Democrat Patrick Murphy, who as of this morning holds a lead of 2,456 votes or 0.78 percent.
West campaign manager Tim Edson released a statement this morning calling the race “far from decided,” questioning results from St. Lucie County and hinting at legal action.
St. Lucie County elections officials were not available for comment this morning.
Read the West campaign’s statement after the jump…
Statement from Rep. Allen West’s campaign manager Tim Edson:
This race is far from decided and there is no rush to declare an outcome. Ensuring a fair and accurate counting of all ballots is of the utmost importance. There are still tens of thousands of absentee ballots to be counted in Palm Beach County and potential provisional ballots across the district.
Late last night Congressman West maintained a district-wide lead of nearly 2000 votes until the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections “recounted” thousands of early ballots. Following that “recount” Congressman West trailed by 2,400 votes. In addition, there were numerous other disturbing irregularities reported at polls across St. Lucie County including the doors to polling places being locked when the polls closed, in direct violation of Florida law, thereby preventing the public from witnessing the procedures used to tabulate results. The St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections office clearly ignored proper rules and procedures, and the scene at the Supervisor’s office last night could only be described as complete chaos. Given the hostility and demonstrated incompetence of the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections, we believe it is critical that a full hand recount of the ballots take place in St. Lucie County. We will continue to fight to ensure every vote is counted properly and fairly, and accordingly will pursue all legal means necessary.”