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Allen West Loses to Patrick Murphy After Sunday's Recount Reaches Deadline

St. Lucie County Election County Canvassing Board missed its noon Sunday deadline to file results of their recount of 37,379 ballots to the state Division of Elections.

Which means Allen West lost.


The recount actually gained more votes for Murphy. But even that didn't matter because under Florida law, voting results that have already been submitted -- results that show Allen West lost (again) -- will be certified.

The only thing that can help West now is if his campaign decides to request an emergency exemption from Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican Secretary of State Ken Detzner.

Take a wild guess whether West will be making that request!

If you guessed they will go that route, YOU WIN THE INTERNET TODAY.

"This is something the secretary of state and governor will have to sort out," said Tim Edson, West's campaign manager.

"It's time for Allen West to do the right thing and concede," said Eric Johnson, Murphy's senior adviser.

Edson took the usual high road to Classyville when disagreeing with that strategy. "As usual, Murphy's people are full of garbage," he said.

During the recount on Sunday, one precinct had trouble loading ballots into one of its machines. This delayed the count, and when the noon cutoff time came and went, Murphy was declared the winner.

Of course, West and his campaign and supporters will be butthurt by this and call foul (or maybe they'll insult someone, or call someone a commie, or say something about the gene pool, or whatever it is they do when they're mad).

But preliminary numbers released around 2 p.m. by the St. Lucie County board showed that Murphy gained a bigger lead than before, with 65,841 votes to Colonel Commie Hunter's 52,704.

Add these new results to the final tallies in Martin and Palm Beach counties and Murphy's lead increases to 0.65 percent.

So, once again, West is defeated by that dreaded math.


"Today's actions cast an even greater cloud of suspicion over the results of St. Lucie County than existed before," Edson said in a statement. "This election is far from over."

So while West claims that this isn't over. It really is. Again.

Stay tuned. The counting might be done. But the crazy is just getting started.

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