Florida election workers weren’t only tallying votes from the presidential election this weekend, but also ballots from the House race between Rep. Allen West and his opponent, Democrat Patrick Murphy. A first count of the votes for the incumbent and his challenger left West, a staunch Republican, trailing by 2,000 votes, but on Saturday evening, Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker called for a recount in Saint Lucie County, reports NBC News.
“West for Congress is pleased with the Supervisor’s decision, as the counting of early votes on Election Night was of great concern to our campaign, given the large shift that occurred at midnight of nearly 4,000 votes,” according to a statement released Saturday afternoon by the office of Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West. “While we still look forward to reviewing the poll books used to check in voters during early voting and Election day, this recount goes a long way to ensuring an accurate outcome.”
West, a freshman congressman, was seeking reelection in the newly formed District 18 against Democrat Patrick Murphy. He contested election results in both St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County.
District 18 spans portions of Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties.
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