Allen West concedes

posted at 8:01 am on November 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

One of the last Election Day questions has been answered after two weeks of fumbling by official in St. Lucie County, Florida.  The recanvasses and recount of the vote has left Rep. Allen West over 1900 votes short of victory, and early this morning West conceded the race to Patrick Murphy:

Florida Rep. Allen West — the tea party pugilist and face of the class of House Republicans that stormed to power two years ago — conceded Tuesday to 29-year-old construction executive Patrick Murphy in one of the nation’s highest-profile congressional races.

After two weeks of battle with St. Lucie County elections officials — and a recount of early votes that wound up extending Murphy’s lead — West acknowledged that he couldn’t surmount his 1,904-vote, or 0.58 percent, deficit. That difference was just outside the 0.5 percent threshold to automatically trigger a recount of all votes.

The West campaign sent out a lengthy statement by e-mail to the media this morning:

For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly.  We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process.  While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.

While there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results, and the actions of the St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections rightly raise questions in my mind and for many voters, after much analysis and this past weekend’s recount in St. Lucie County, our legal team does not believe there are enough over-counted, undercounted or fraudulent votes to change the outcome of the election.

While a contest of the election results might have changed the vote totals, we do not have evidence that the outcome would change.  Given the extremely high evidentiary hurdles involved in a successful challenge, I will not ask my generous supporters to help fund a drawn-out, expensive legal effort with little chance of success. Therefore, we will not contest the certification or challenge the seating of Congressman-elect Murphy.

West also hinted that Florida voters haven’t seen the last of him:

Only God knows what is in store for each of us. I have dedicated my life to serving this nation, and the results of this election will not change my purpose. Just as I did in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, just as I did on Capitol Hill, I will continue to fight for our Republic.

At the very least, West will have more time now to work with grassroots conservatives in organizing opposition to Democratic policies.  West has been a star at events like CPAC and Tea Party rallies and conventions, and that will only increase after this tough loss.  Don’t be too surprised if West challenges Murphy in 2014, when Barack Obama’s campaign isn’t around to drive turnout and the incumbent President typically loses seats in Congress.  This race was narrow enough that even just a little buyer’s remorse could make the difference in two years.


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I’m pretty sure that the reduction of Republican constituency to teabagging freaks like this is a good sign for the future of our country.

tommyhawk on November 20, 2012 at 9:52 AM

well, word is you are now walking Semi Upright, so yes,
that is a good sign for YOUR future.

ToddPA on November 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM

avagreen on November 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM

I understand that you’re disappointed your candidate lost.
But that’s all that happened.
Take comfort in how close it all was.
I never expected Murphy to be able to even come close.
I don’t think this was his winning as much as West losing.
I think AW is a smart and capable guy – but he chose the spotlight over governing. And Murphy in the end was able to use that fact as his path to victory here.

verbaluce on November 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM

The triumph of (free) beer over virtue.

The Florida GOP had a hand in this debacle and, paraphrasing Michael Corleone, they’ll have to answer for it.

MTF on November 20, 2012 at 1:11 PM

7 registered voters in a precinct that got 900 votes.
whatever….West deserves better.

dmacleo on November 20, 2012 at 1:11 PM

So is the country and humankind at large closer to Obama on the subject of abortion, or are they closer you’d call ” ‘baggers”? You know the answer to that one.

ddrintn on November 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM

It is closer to Obama, as a poll a few days ago showed. As long as we don’t have candidates who can advocate the pro-life position coherently, we are doomed.

Gelsomina on November 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

7 registered voters in a precinct that got 900 votes.
whatever….West deserves better.

dmacleo on November 20, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Shhhhhhhhh…….goes against the meme.

avagreen on November 20, 2012 at 1:20 PM

When I haev a well documented track record here of calling out as*holes on both sides of the aisle, you saying “Seems to me that your feigned outrage is pretty one-sided” is pretty f*cking stupid and/or clueless.

Dave Rywall on November 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Hey, how are things going with your CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY LEADER Stephen Harper and the socialists (NDP) who have been federally embarassed and left to rot in Quebec?

Is that why you are here? Because Canada is moving to the right and there’s no place for you anymore as sane people laugh at you?

Maybe you should move to Quebec!

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I understand that you’re disappointed your candidate lost.
But that’s all that happened.
Take comfort in how close it all was.
I never expected Murphy to be able to even come close.
I don’t think this was his winning as much as West losing.
I think AW is a smart and capable guy – but he chose the spotlight over governing. And Murphy in the end was able to use that fact as his path to victory here.

verbaluce on November 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM

If you honest to God believe that there are no irregularities or issues with this election (not only West, but in general in different states), then you haven’t been paying attention.

But that’s okay, you aren’t alone. There are millions of fellow travelers. And you all will suffer in one form or another. It’s too bad you and yours are taking people who would do the right thing.

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

And you all will suffer in one form or another. It’s too bad you and yours are taking people who would do the right thing.

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I love all the raging hollow threats you dummies spew. Ask Rush if you can get some of his Viagra and nut up ffs.

Your raging drooling faction is about to be cut loose, I will enjoy watching you eat each other in the phantom zone.

tommyhawk on November 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

kim roy on November 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Your last paragraph is something these people do not realize. They are whooping and hollering with glee…….over their own future graves which will sit right along those of we conservatives.

avagreen on November 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

This is a real shame..Allen West is my favorite congressman..or was =( what the crap is wrong with America right now?? IT NEEDS TO WAKE UP!!! Baracko Claus is the enemy, not a friend!

sadsushi on November 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

West’s biggest mistake was following Boehnor over the cliff during the 2011 budget BS when he should have organized opposition to Boehnor’s cave-in with other Tea Party candidates (if that is what they were). When West did that, I quit contributing to his campaign.

love2rumba on November 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM

The Gov, Rick Scott, is just as dirty in this, by certifying this FRAUD! A precinct with 7 voters, receives 900 votes and another precinct has 141% of registered voters, vote? These 2 examples alone, would make any person say “STOP!” Let’s recount from the beginning & find where these extra votes came from! This is not acceptable, in any way, shape or form. Gov. Scott has shown that he does not have the best interest of the people in mind and should never get another Conservative, Libertarian or Evangelical Vote, AGAIN!

http://www.paratisiusa.blogspot.com

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 20, 2012 at 3:03 PM

i have been closely following this allen west recount story the whole time and it was a complete mess. so many errors, so many delays, so many confusing things. murphy may have fairly won but i’ll never be sure.

it is so upsetting that such an incredibly awesome person lost to some nobody.

hope he runs again in 2014. we haven’t seen the last of him.

Sachiko on November 20, 2012 at 3:04 PM

West loses … the proverbial frosting on the the absolutely delicious 2012 election cake … he joins the other recent GOP losers … the ultimate whiners Palin and Ryan… people the right wing tells us are so powerful that the Democrats are supposed to fear them … but we don’t because we are very happy they are salespeople for the GOP/right wing /hot air brand …they just ultimately drive more voters to the Democrats … thanks to candidates like them the Democrats have now WON five out of the last six Presidential election popular votes…
(including President Obama winning again this year)

as for West and Palin on the same stage …great… better for America that they are whining on stage together rather than in office together …

U2denver on November 20, 2012 at 3:06 PM

And while we’re at it, can the kooky St. Lucie conspiracy theorists come and admit they were wrong. It turns out that all voters turned in TWO voter cards in this county. Hence the falacious 147% voter participation rumors that were eagerly stoked on the right. I seriously doubt Rogue Tomato or Resist We Much will come here and account for spreading of potentially dangerous lies about the election being stolen. But at least this thread gives an opportunity to say once and for all those theories were BUNK!

libfreeordie on November 20, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Apologize for suspecting voter fraud? That would be pretty dumb.

There was of course voter fraud in this election, as there is every time Democrats run in a national election. The difficult part is proving it when our natural instinct is to move on with our lives, and the legal system typically takes longer to investigate allegations than the term of office that is the subject of the investigation.

Conceding the inability to prove a stolen election is not the same as agreeing the election was not stolen, or as declaring that there is no evidence of voter fraud.

tom on November 20, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Morrissey didn’t deem this story worthy of reporting on while the forced recount was actually underway and West was fighting for his political life.

Not one about the fraud occurred when elections supervisor Gertrude Walker all by herself for some reason decided to “recount” early ballots which resulted in Murphy gaining 4,000 late on election night.

Not a word about Walker’s questionable behaviour in the last couple weeks, her completely dropping out of sight and her office not answering calls, nor her mysterious hospitalization just a few days ago as the story began heating up.

No conjecture about what the obvious fraud that occurred in this one race says about other elections across the country.

Typical mush “reporting” by Ed Morrissey here. Is there anyone more worthless in all of media?

sartana on November 20, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Obamacare
Dodd-Frank
Lilly Leadbetter
Saving Detroit
Pulling us out of Iraq
Tightening the screws on Iran
5 million private sector jobs

urban elitist on November 20, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Obamacare- Increasing the cost of healthcare for everyone, reducing the availability of doctors and specialists, making nothing for tort reform, creating a lot of new taxes for all income levels, costing jobs, created a panel of unelected bureaucrats choosing what’s right for you, increasing the national debt tenthfold.

Dodd-Frank- bailing out big banks, ensuring small banks cannot do business, incentive for more bad loans, costing business to banks, making doing business with banks more costly to consumers, more cost for the government, more bureaucrats and corruption.

Lilly Leadbetter- does nothing to “equate” pay, a solution to a non- existent problem, adds cost to employers which either can’t do business as usual or won’t hire more women, turns upside down basic law concepts such as Statute of Limitation, increases legal costs for businesses which will pass on to consumers.

Saving Detroit- violating the law to avoid paying shareholders to pay union buddies instead, saved nothing other than high union salaries, costing the government billions we don’t have, costing taxpayers billions that we’ll never see again, already a massive loss of money projected to get worse as stocks for those companies keep dropping, just delays an inevitable process.

Pulling us out of Iraq- based off the original Bush timeline, large amounts of those soldiers redeployed to an escalated Afghan theater of action, new deals with Iraqui Gov extend US military presence beyond 2014.

Tightening the screws on Iran- Iran still working on their nuclear capabilities “for peaceful means”, supplying resources to extremists across the middle East including Gaza.

5 million private sector jobs- well over 5 million jobs lost under Obama alone, record number of people in unemployment, record number of people in food stamps, top 4 highest yearly deficit for any sitting president, highest accumulated debt by a sitting president, lowest labor force participation since FDR, lowest GDP since the early part of last century…

… And your point is?

ptcamn on November 20, 2012 at 6:39 PM

another precinct has 141% of registered voters, vote?

Has already been disproved many, many times.

A precinct with 7 voters, receives 900 votes and These 2 examples alone, would make any person say “STOP!”

The original source for that was some guy’s Facebook status update, and it too has been disproven.

AngusMc on November 20, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Mr. West… I was hoping you would have won your district. I’m glad you had the 2 years that you did, but it does say a lot about the people that live in your district…voting for a person with a police record. That tells me and a lot of American’s that people are guilable and stupid…character doesn’t matter anymore! Thank you for your service to our Nation! I hope to see you in the days, months and years to come in helping our Nation regain the character she once had!

Jacamina on November 20, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Just as I did in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, just as I did on Capitol Hill, I will continue to fight for our Republic. – Allen West

I kind of like that word, Republic.
I will support Allen West from the Flatwoods of Alabama in anything he thinks worthy.

Get em Soldier, America the Republic needs a hero.

seesalrun2 on November 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Way to redraw his district and ass him out GOP establishment, real good job!

Dollayo on November 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Way to redraw his district and ass him out GOP establishment, real good job!

Dollayo on November 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM

This, too, is false. West and his supporters spread way too many falsehoods.

Florida voters in 2010 passed a constitutional amendment outlawing gerrymandering. It is impossible to get a Republican-leaning district in Southeast Florida without gerrymandering to hell. In short, the Florida GOP had almost nothing to do with West’s loss.

AngusMc on November 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Allen West concedes

Fantastic news.

Dante on November 21, 2012 at 8:10 AM

No dante, it will be a great day when phony patriots like you are too embarrased to even put a luap nor sticker on your car.
Mental patients like you deserve to be laughed at…like you currently are.

Hard Right on November 21, 2012 at 10:21 AM

West/palin 2016
Let’s roll

greataunty on November 21, 2012 at 8:17 PM

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