With 1900 votes separating Allen West and Patrick Murphy, Congressman West isn’t ready to give up the fight.
West was granted a recount of early ballots in St. Lucie county at the weekend, but officials were unable to complete the process before time ran out at midday on Sunday.
“Today at noon, it became clear Patrick Murphy will be officially certified as the next congressman from the 18th Congressional District,” said Murphy’s campaign manager Anthony Kusich. “It is beyond time to put this campaign behind us.”
Under Florida law in the event of an incomplete recount the original returns are automatically submitted for certification by the state.
“This is election is far from over,” said West’s campaign manager, Tim Edson, in a statement calling the results “highly suspect.”
“We will continue to fight on behalf of all voters in District 18 to ensure a fair and accurate count of their votes,” he added, without saying how the campaign planned to challenge the result.