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West Palm Beach, FL - Rep. Allen West Concedes After Fla. Recount Fight

Published on: November 20, 2012 08:07 AM
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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2012, file photo, Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. West gave up his fight to remain in Congress on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, after two weeks of recount battles in court. The first-term Republican said in a statement he was conceding the race to Democrat Patrick Murphy, a 29-year-old political newcomer. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2012, file photo, Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. West gave up his fight to remain in Congress on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, after two weeks of recount battles in court. The first-term Republican said in a statement he was conceding the race to Democrat Patrick Murphy, a 29-year-old political newcomer. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

West Palm Beach, FL - 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.

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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.

An initial recount of some early ballots in St. Lucie gave West a slight bump. His campaign fought for a fuller recount, and received it, but it only improved Murphy’s margin of victory. He won by more than 2,000 votes.

Many have speculated West could find a new career in the place where he has been frequently seen, on cable television, but he has not said what his next step will be. “Only God knows what is in store for each of us,” he said in his statement, adding that “I will continue to fight for our republic.”

Whatever the next step, the contest between Murphy and West will go down as one of the most expensive in congressional history. Murphy eked out the win though he was out-fundraised more than four-to-one.

West, 51, is a favorite among the most conservative reaches of the Republican Party. He has made a string of headline-grabbing statements, from calling a majority of congressional Democrats communists to saying President Barack Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and others should “get the hell out of the United States.”

Murphy, 29, portrayed West as an extremist who had done little else in Washington than stoke partisan fires.

In his concession statement, West offered congratulations to Murphy, saying “I pray he will serve his constituents with honor and integrity, and put the interests of our nation before his own.”


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 Nov 20, 2012 at 08:10 AM monalisa Says:

Shame. He's a good man.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 08:30 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Well, if by good you me violent and deluded, I suppose so.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 08:57 AM kitniyot Says:

Hope we never hear from this paranoid lunatic again. He left like he came - without the slightest shred of dignity.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 09:53 AM KZler Says:

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PaulinSaudi Says:

Well, if by good you me violent and deluded, I suppose so.

Deluded true, he served in the military , enjoyed free medical and violenty opposed Obamacare

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 10:38 AM Kleegerfinyaydem Says:

The best role model America has put forth since Ronald Reagan was Allen West and there he is conceding his race to another insane liberal!! What a shame! The libs and dems ran all kinds of racist adds against him even tough he's African American! When Romney called out Obama for saying to vote cause of revenge, Chris Matthews jumped the race card spontaneously!!! They portrayed Paul Ryan throwing down an old woman from a cliff, but anyone talking about Jeremiah wright is a racist!!! The kind of hypocrisy is just sickening!!! And btw if you libs really think you got rid of this man, forget it!! Just wait a little but and he will get back to you, speaking your language!! I can't wait your fowl cries then, And then I am going to have the last laugh!!!

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

You do realize he is nuts, right?

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM InsideOne Says:

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Kleegerfinyaydem Says:

The best role model America has put forth since Ronald Reagan was Allen West and there he is conceding his race to another insane liberal!! What a shame! The libs and dems ran all kinds of racist adds against him even tough he's African American! When Romney called out Obama for saying to vote cause of revenge, Chris Matthews jumped the race card spontaneously!!! They portrayed Paul Ryan throwing down an old woman from a cliff, but anyone talking about Jeremiah wright is a racist!!! The kind of hypocrisy is just sickening!!! And btw if you libs really think you got rid of this man, forget it!! Just wait a little but and he will get back to you, speaking your language!! I can't wait your fowl cries then, And then I am going to have the last laugh!!!

I'll cry fowl - cocka-doodle-doo.

The comparison between Paul Ryan and Jeremiah Wright is plain silly.

Paul Ryan was put forth by the GOP as our potential Vice President...and the suggestions that he isn't in favor of gutting Medicare are plainly spin.

Jeremiah Wright has not been put forth for any governmental role by anybody, and in any case Obama publicly broke with him over his views.

Ryan's opinions would in fact have a direct impact on the lives of the elderly (which we all plan to be at some point!). Wright's are irrelevant to our lives.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM ALLAN Says:

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KZler Says:

Deluded true, he served in the military , enjoyed free medical and violenty opposed Obamacare

And when he was an active duty military member he would be entiltiled to free care...should our military not get that? Additionally I firmly believe that all who served honorably should be given free care for life. Allen West is a good man who served with honor. This country has its priorities upside down at times...we (not me) love liberals and leftists.. but here comes along an American patriot who happens to be a black man, a Republican right winger and he is labeled as to radical.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 12:33 PM Anonymous Says:

About time. Shovel him away from the human beings please.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 01:22 PM Kzler Says:

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Kleegerfinyaydem Says:

The best role model America has put forth since Ronald Reagan was Allen West and there he is conceding his race to another insane liberal!! What a shame! The libs and dems ran all kinds of racist adds against him even tough he's African American! When Romney called out Obama for saying to vote cause of revenge, Chris Matthews jumped the race card spontaneously!!! They portrayed Paul Ryan throwing down an old woman from a cliff, but anyone talking about Jeremiah wright is a racist!!! The kind of hypocrisy is just sickening!!! And btw if you libs really think you got rid of this man, forget it!! Just wait a little but and he will get back to you, speaking your language!! I can't wait your fowl cries then, And then I am going to have the last laugh!!!

this is still a democracy and not fascist dictatorship , yes there were Jewish fascist. Unless you abolish the free vote and institute dictatorship he was defeated by a majority and had to concede . Yes your friend the king of harlotry lost too

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 07:08 PM my2sense Says:

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InsideOne Says:

I'll cry fowl - cocka-doodle-doo.

The comparison between Paul Ryan and Jeremiah Wright is plain silly.

Paul Ryan was put forth by the GOP as our potential Vice President...and the suggestions that he isn't in favor of gutting Medicare are plainly spin.

Jeremiah Wright has not been put forth for any governmental role by anybody, and in any case Obama publicly broke with him over his views.

Ryan's opinions would in fact have a direct impact on the lives of the elderly (which we all plan to be at some point!). Wright's are irrelevant to our lives.

InsideOne "wright's are irrelevant to our lives really." really??? so our sitting president's long time spiritual leader's mentor's wedding officiator's extreme and dangerous views have no direct effect on our lives at all you are so right. It is so like indirect. Not God Bless America God Damn America. can i get an amen. yea just words .
and obamas parting words to wright. "you know what your problem is? you have to tell the truth." So god damn irrelevant. i mean america.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 07:12 PM my2sense Says:

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Anonymous Says:

About time. Shovel him away from the human beings please.

yup. most don't know how to recognize a real man with principles values, common sense, integrity. west is a patriot. a soldier. but yea everythings ok. pop another pill. take another handout. we are all safe peace and love. smoke a joint. now thats what speaks to reasonable people nowadays. everyone else is inhuman.

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