Under Florida election law, a full recount is triggered when the margin separating the two candidates is 0.5% or less.
After a partial recount in St. Lucie’s County, it appears that West has fallen just short of that mark. [Emphasis mine]
Tea Party favorite Allen West is vowing to pursue “every legal means necessary” after a partial recount showed his Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy, is still the unofficial winner in their bitter House race.
The Florida race is one of a handful of U.S. House contests still undecided nearly a week after Election Day. Republicans will continue to hold power, regardless of the outcome.
West, a GOP firebrand and prolific fundraiser, picked up some votes Sunday in Florida’s St. Lucie County. But Murphy is still ahead by 1,907 votes and 50.3% of the vote — six-tenths of a percentage point ahead of West. That’s not enough to trigger a full recount.
Tim Edson, West’s campaign manager, called the partial recount “a sham.”
Sean Domnick, Murphy’s lawyer, says it’s time for West to “step aside and let Patrick Murphy do the business of the people.”
West’s team, however, is not giving up and is insisting that the recount be a complete one. There is cause for this insistence.
Allen West supporters expressed shock in Fort Pierce on Sunday, but not because the finally tally in St. Lucie County’s Congressional District 18 race showed West gaining 201 more votes — but because it was only based on a “cherry picked” partial recount and the supervisor refused to explain why.
Despite the persistent questions over fairness and accuracy, county attorneys, the county canvassing board and Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker refused to answer questions from the campaigns or the press throughout the entire exercise. When the machine count was finished, elections officials announced the total and immediately had a sheriff’s deputy instruct everyone to leave.
The question everyone wanted answered was, Why did the supervisor promise to recount all the ballots from early voting and then chose to only recount three days’ worth of votes?
No transparency and no accountability have become increasingly recurring themes in politics of late. It now appears that these themes are making their way into the election process.
Below is a video of West supporters fruitless attempts to get answers about the recount method.