The losing congressman threatens to wage a protracted legal battle.
The freshman tea party favorite is refusing to concede his hard-fought reelection campaign, despite vote tallies showing him trailing his Democratic challenger, 29-year-old construction company executive Patrick Murphy, by nearly 2,000 votes. While Murphy has declared victory, West and his advisers are threatening to wage a protracted legal battle – raising the prospect that the high-profile race will drag on for days, if not weeks, longer.
As of Monday afternoon, Murphy had accumulated 166,223 votes to West’s 164,316, according to the Associated Press, which has yet to call the race. The vote tally encompasses 100 percent of the precincts in the Treasure Coast district. Murphy holds a 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent lead over West, just outside the 0.5 percent margin that would automatically trigger a recount under Florida law.