Dear Allen West: Please STFU and go away. Love, Laffy
That was as polite as I could be.
Results of recounting more than 37,000 St. Lucie County ballots were announced shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday and preliminary figures given by Canvassing Board member Tod Mowery placed Jupiter Democrat Patrick Murphy farther ahead of Republican Allen West than before the two-day effort began.
Murphy's lead was still outside the 0.5 percent difference that would require a recount. The unofficial final count was 65,841 votes for Murphy and 52,704 for West.
"We are still evaluating how to handle this," West campaign manager Tim Edson said.
As Murphy campaign senior adviser Eric Johnson put it, "This election is over."