Tuesday, November 20, 2012
After a long two week recount battle, Col. Allen West has concededto Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy in the race for Florida’s 18th congressional district. West issued a statement early this morning on his Facebook page about his decision, strongly emphasizing his campaign’s efforts to preserve a fair and clean democratic process.
For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly. We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process. While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.
While there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results, and the actions of the St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections rightly raise questions in my mind and for many voters, after much analysis and this past weekend’s recount in St. Lucie County, our legal team does not believe there are enough over-counted, undercounted or fraudulent votes to change the outcome of the election.