by Javier Manjarres
The recount of early votes in the Allen West/Patrick Murphy congressional race is now complete, but the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections failed to submit the results by the noon certification deadline on Sunday-
St. Lucie County did not meet a noon cutoff to finish processing 37,379 ballots cast early in the District 18 congressional election. Under Florida law, previously submitted results favoring Murphy will be certified unless an emergency exemption is granted by the state.- FOX News
West challenged the SOE for a recount, and was denied by a judge, but the SOE itself decided to recount after they found uncounted votes. There election now goes in front of Governor Scott and the state canvassing board for certification, and will for all intents and purposes, declare Murphy as the winner of the race in congressional district 18.
While West may have a few legal options still remaining at his disposal, it doesn’t look good for his campaign. Historically, legal challenges to elections brought by complainants don’t usually go their way.
The West for Congress campaign made the following statement on Sunday regarding the certification deadline-
“Why is it so hard for Supervisor of Elections, Gertrude Walker, to fairly and accurately count the results of an election? Today’s actions cast an even greater cloud of suspicion over the results of St. Lucie County than existed before. Consequently, the highly-suspect results will be submitted to the Secretary of State today – even though the canvassing board has already admitted they may contain serious errors.
Once again, Gertrude Walker has proven to be absolutely incapable of executing an accurate and fair election. This election is far from over. We will continue to fight on behalf of all voters in District 18 to ensure a fair and accurate count of their votes.
The only thing voters should find more outrageous than the conduct of the Supervisor of Elections is the fact that Patrick Murphy and his father’s high-priced legal team are once again declaring victory, despite knowing full well that the results of this election are highly suspect. It’s clear Patrick Murphy puts his own interests ahead of the people he claims he wishes to represent.”
On Sunday evening, West published the following statement on his Facebook page-
Since Election Day we have been working for a fair and accurate accounting of the election outcome in which voters can put their full trust. We will review the results of today’s recount and the other available data to determine how to proceed. I have been humbled by the support we have received and the hard work of so many to ensure the integrity of this process.
We look forward to the report which will be issued by the Secretary of State’s auditors this coming week which we hope will shed light on some of the outstanding issues.”
While West has not formally conceded the race, the tone of his statement seems to suggest that he won’t be dragging this process out much longer.
If West bows out of this race, you can bet that he won’t be disappearing from the political scene, and he won’t be tethered, at least for the time being, to the fickle whims of a congressional district that appears to be incapable of discerning of what real character, leadership, and experience consists of.
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