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After partial recount, Allen West still just shy of triggering full recount

After partial recount, Allen West still just shy of triggering full recount

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.

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Hang in their Col. West!

I’m with Rags!! If the Republican Party establishment in Florida lets this dwindle and die, they ought to be Horse Whipped. How about Rush gets his incredible lawyer on it?!

Tell me if I’m wrong, but I’m fine with West losing. Two reasons: 1) No matter what, Republicans maintain control of the House with the ability to at least maintain the status quo. 2) This gives West ample time to form his committee on seeking higher office (Presidency), get the fundraising rolling, and get the message straight that he wants to convey to the voting public.

We need an individual like West to call it as it is. Time to get off of the perch of PANDERING (that’s all we are getting from this conservative bashing) and talk about focused means of getting the economy moving and securing our foreign policy objectives.

Allen West is apparently the only Republican left in America who fights.

    Ragspierre in reply to raven. | November 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    You’re a WAY better thinker than to keep saying obviously false stuff like this.

    Being a pessimist (which I understand can be valuable) is one thing, but…damn.

I’m proud of Col. West fighting for the integrity of the voting process. We need more Republicans like him. Keep fighting for the truth Colonel. This is the kind of leader we need as Speaker of the House, not the lily-livered capitulator that is currently there.

Holy cow.
Well, I guess this doesn’t look so good.
I can only extrapolate that if West Lucy was completely verified, and West won… well Romney may have won as well… and one thing leads to the next.
Reading at Breitbart and the right scoop this morning is totally conspiratorial, and if say, someone called a recount in PA., or OH….
Ack.

Republicans had better learn how to wage a post election campaign as well as a campaign before the vote is taken. Democrats learned well from the Florida 2000 election. Now they are well prepared to tip the vote in their favor, by any means, in a close election.

This story was written long ago…when Jeb Bush’s Florida re-districted West right out of his seat. The last thing Bush wants to do is face West in a Rep primary. Thus…poof!…sorry, Allen but your seat’s gone.

    JimMtnViewCaUSA in reply to creeper. | November 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    From the Life of Brian movie, with modifications:
    BRIANxxxxx< Cong. West
    We mustn't fight each other! Surely we should be united against the common enemy!

    ALLxxx< RINOs of Florida
    The Judean People's Front !!xxxxxxxxxxx Tea Party Repubs!!

    Cong West
    No. No. The Romans!xxxxxxxxxx The Democrats!

    ALLxx< RINOs
    Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yes.

Chicago style mob politics have now taken hold in much of the country. “Nothing to see here… Just move along folks,” will now become commonplace at election time.

All you young’ns are really sca-rood..

It would be great for Legal Insurrection to give some attention to the obvious vote fraud in the KEY Presidential election that could find out whether Romney won or not. (www.politijim.com/2012/11/patriots-declare-we-shall-not-let-vote.html)

Colorado had multiple counties that had more REGISTERED VOTERS than RESIDENTS. Michigan was tied in EVERY poll the day before the election, but Obama won by 9 points? And NONE of the “down ballot” DEM candidates or initiatives won?

There is no need to further hold elections if we dont demand an immediate investigation into at least 5 key states that seem fairly evident Obama stole.

I do not understand. How can some votes be counted and a winner declared?

It is by dems obfuscation that votes can be counted without really being counted.

PolitiJim is right – he provides links that many could be interested in seeing.

Here’s my ticket for 2016: West and Honore. Both of these guys tell it like it is!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv5m4hTMuWU

Hey I know! Let’s get the Media all worked up over this so that anyone OPPOSING a full recount is tagged as a RAAAAAAAAAAACIST!!!

Think that might work?

West will not give up until he knows he has lost fair and square. This is headed to the courts.

If he can prove fraud, the seeds of the real revolution will be sowed…..

The recount has been cherry picked for three days of early voting only. I support him in not backing down one bit. It seems county canvassing board and Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker thinks she is not accountable to anyone with reasonable questions.

http://www.bizpacreview.com/video-angry-crowd-reacts-to-results-of-misleading-recount-in-allen-west-race/

And I just realized the link I posted above contains an identical youtube link.

As well as the link itself. Gah.

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