Thu November 15, 2012
Court Will Hear Allen West's Recount Fight Tomorrow
A court in St. Lucie County is allowing Rep. Allen West two hours on Friday to make his case for recounting the election that may have cost him his seat in Congress.
Right now, unofficial results show that Democrat Patrick Murphy has a 0.58 percent lead over West.
But according to The Palm Beach Post, West isn't giving up. He claims there were errors with the early vote ballot c0unt, among the other things.
St. Lucie County Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker said her office double-counted some early ballots and failed to count others on election night. But Walker said the problem was limited to ballots from three of the eight days of early voting and was fixed Sunday during a recount of those votes.
West says a full recount of ballots from all eight days of early voting is needed to eliminate any doubts about St. Lucie County’s totals. West’s motion for injunctive relief asks Circuit Judge Dan Vaughn to order a full recount of early votes and bar the county from certifying results until the recount is complete. Vaughn set a hearing on the motion for 1 p.m. Friday.
While West fights the election in court, Murphy has been sitting in new member orientations in Capitol Hill.
Here are some of Murphy's tweets from Washington:
Great to be in Washington for New Member Orientation! fb.me/1mAqmfztd
— Patrick Murphy (@MurphyforUSRep) November 13, 2012
Joined the other incoming freshmen of the 113th Congress for a class photo on the Capitol steps this morning. fb.me/1JQD2yDoq
— Patrick Murphy (@MurphyforUSRep) November 15, 2012