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State certifies election with unofficial results from West-Murphy race

by Dara Kam | November 20th, 2012

Two weeks after the Nov. 6 election, Florida’s 2012 results are now official.

Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Attorney General Pam Bondi this morning certified with special attention to St. Lucie County’s prolonged recount the nationally-watched U.S. House District 18 contest between tea party icon U.S. Rep. Allen West and newly-elected U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy.

After lawsuits and recounts, West conceded this morning.

Scott and the two Cabinet members, acting as the state Election Canvassing Commission, were about to certify the results of the presidential, statewide and multi-county races as well as a few special elections, Secretary of State Ken Detzner told them.

“However, I bring to your attention that the St. Lucie County official returns were not received by the statutory deadline of noon, Nov. 18,” Detzner said. Florida law mandates that if a county’s returns are not received by the Department of State by the deadline, “the date filed returns shall be ignored and the results on file at that shall be certified by the department,” Detzner said.

“Therefore, the results before you reflect the unofficial returns filed from St. Lucie County at noon, Nov. 18,” he went on.

But a final recount, which ended in St. Lucie County on Sunday, did not change the results or give West enough of an edge to trigger an automatic recount, Detzner noted.

Murphy has led by less than 1 percent since election night. Final results Sunday from Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties gave the Democrat a lead over West of 1,904 votes or 0.58 percent.

“If St. Lucie County had timely submitted its retabulated returns, those returns would not have affected the ultimate outcome of any race and would not have placed any race within the margin of a recount,” he said.

Gov. Rick Scott, whose tea party support helped boost him to victory two years ago, said he was confident that Murphy is the winner.

“That’s what all the numbers show,” Scott said. Having to certify the unofficial results is disappointing, Scott said, “but it didn’t impact the election.”

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12 Responses to “State certifies election with unofficial results from West-Murphy race”

  1. jac Says:

    Scott will have to find him a job now with the other 700,000.

  2. Floriduh Says:

    FINALLY! If there’s a lesson from all this, it’s to get out and VOTE on Election Day.

  3. Rick Says:

    Congratulations CONGRESSMAN MURPHY!

  4. r patton Says:

    Another white man “kicked” upstairs by the Demos.

  5. Ronald Reagan, Jr. Says:

    Good luck Mr. West … Almost 50% of us voted for you. You should be proud of your service in Congress and your military career. Now we will see how much more of a mess the liberals can make of Florida and the rest of the country. See you in the soup and bread line …

  6. Barb2020 Says:

    It’s about time; maybe Florida can learn how to run an election from this.

  7. @Barb2020 Says:

    There was nothing wrong with the way they handled this electiojn. The only issue was a bunch of noise created by allen West because he couldn’t handle his loss like an adult so he and his low life supporters made a lot of pointless noise over nothing!!

  8. @r patton Says:

    r patton …Another crybaby like Allen West!!!
    Do you need a clean diaper there crybaby?

  9. T. J. Ewing Says:

    Ronald Reagan Jr has obviously been asleep at the wheel just like his old man was for 8 years. West did NOTHING in Congress for the last two years and please tell us what you would know about a military career since you NEVER SERVED in the military! Just another right wing hack talking out his azz! Good riddance to West. We wanted a “different flavor of ice cream” if you know what I mean!

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  11. kola123 Says:

    I wish that West had the cojones to announce his concession rather than emailing it. It just shows his lack of character. Also, he moved because he was afraid to run against Lois…but he still lost. Sham on him.

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