Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Florida Representative Lt. Col. Allen West has conceded to Democrat Patrick Murphy.
The controversy started with a last minute surge of early Democrat votes from St. Lucie County that Democrat officials claimed weren't counted properly. West managed to get a partial recount, but in the end he made the strategic decision that he was not going to spend time and money on a drawn out court battle to force a full recount.
He ended up with 1,904-vote, or 0.58 percent, deficit, just outside the 0.5 percent threshold to automatically trigger a recount of all votes.
“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,” West said in a statement to POLITICO. “While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.”
West congratulated Murphy, saying, “I pray he will serve his constituents with honor and integrity, and put the interests of our nation before his own.”
West was a high profile target,and the Democrats spent a great deal of money to get the fiery patriot out of office.I'm sure they're absolutely ecstatic about it.
I'm sorry to see him go, but I have a feeling destiny isn't through with Colonel West yet. Such men don't just disappear in times like these, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if future events prove that the left would have been better off leaving him where he was.