Honestly who could have ever predicted that West would be a sore loser?
FORT PIERCE — Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West, the fiery tea party celebrity whose apparent defeat Tuesday was a national trophy for Democrats and liberals, isn’t ready to concede.
With West’s campaign claiming “disturbing irregularities” in the way St. Lucie County tallied ballots in the congressional District 18 race, an attorney for West filed motions Wednesday to impound ballots and voting equipment for a potential recount in St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties.
West led Democrat Patrick Murphy by fewer than 400 votes in Palm Beach County, while Murphy outdistanced West by 13,271 votes in St. Lucie.
Unofficial returns early Wednesday showed Murphy, a 29-year-old political newcomer, leading West by 2,456 votes or 0.78 percent.
A group of absentee and provisional ballots that were counted Wednesday afternoon in Palm Beach County reduced Murphy’s margin to 2,159 votes, or 0.66 percent, in the district’s three counties.