Anti-Gay Rep. Allen West Concedes After Fla. Recount Fight
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Tea party firebrand Rep. Allen West conceded his re-election fight Tuesday, two weeks after the election gave way to court appearances, two partial recounts and unending accusations by his camp that the vote count wasn’t fair.
In a statement, the Republican freshman said ’’there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results’’ but not enough to change the outcome, giving the race to Democratic newcomer Patrick Murphy.
’’While a contest of the election results might have changed the vote totals, we do not have evidence that the outcome would change,’’ West said.
Murphy campaign manager Anthony Kusich said he was not aware of any concession call to his candidate, simply an e-mail that was publicly distributed. In his own statement, Murphy said he was ’’humbled by Congressman West’s gracious concession’’ and eager to get to work on behalf of all voters.
’’To those who supported my opponent, my door is open and I want to hear your voice,’’ Murphy said. ’’I campaigned on a message of reaching across the aisle to get things done for the people of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches, and that is as important in this district as it is in Washington.’’
Murphy declared victory in the wee hours of Election Night and has held his lead ever since, even as thousands of absentee, provisional and overseas ballots were processed and two partial recounts undertaken. But West’s campaign kept up a stream of skepticism about the results, largely focused on St. Lucie County, where elections officials acknowledged missteps.