UPDATE: West Concedes, Nov. 20, 2012
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 (Sunday’s) recount in St. Lucie County, our legal team does not believe there are enough over-counted, under-counted or fraudulent votes to change the outcome of the election.
While a contest of the election results might have changed the vote totals, we do not have evidence that the outcome would change. Given the extremely high evidentiary hurdles involved in a successful challenge, I will not ask my generous supporters to help fund a drawn-out, expensive legal effort with little chance of success. Therefore, we will not contest the certification or challenge the seating of Congressman-Elect Murphy.
. . . I want to congratulate my opponent, Patrick Murphy, as the new Congressman from 18th Congressional District. I pray he will serve his constituents with honor and integrity, and put the interests of our nation before his own
~ Ex-Rep. Allen West in the Palm Beach Post
I appreciate Congressman West’s gracious concession today. I am truly humbled that the voters of the 18th district have entrusted me to represent them in Washington. To those who supported my opponent, my door is open and I want to hear your voice. I campaigned on a message of reaching across the aisle to get things done for the people of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches, and that is as important in this district as it is in Washington. I am excited and honored to get to work.
~ Acceptance by Patrick Murphy, newly elected Representative
Since Election Day, we have been working for a fair and accurate accounting of the election outcome in which voters can put their full trust. We will review the results of today’s recount and the other available data to determine how to proceed.
~ Failed GOP Congressional Candidate Allen West
Republican Allen West's Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy has declared victory twice and already attended the Freshman orientation meetings on Capitol Hill. But for the last two weeks after the election, former Congressman West still refuses to concede ...
. . . It was announced on Sunday after getting the state or recount the votes in problematic St. Lucie County, West lost by even a wider margin than before. Ironically, Allen West, the man who channeled Joe McCarthy by declaring 80 House Democrats were Communists just can't handle democracy.
~ Ed Schultz on MSNBC
It’s time for Allen West to do the right thing and concede.
~ Eric Johnson, Murphy Campaign Senior Adviser
As usual, Murphy’s people are full of garbage. This is something the secretary of state and governor will have to sort out. ~ Tim Edson, Allen West's Campaign Manager
On the Allen West recount, we have a Republican governor here in Florida, right? His name is Rick Scott, right? I wonder, can Governor Scott do anything about this? It seems like rogue activity in St. Lucie County. Maybe go up there and go to the McDonald's and order some fries and not get any and then call 911, the White House, and just call attention, but there's something up there out of whack.
~ Rush Limbaugh Monday 11-19-2012
In a clear effort to overturn an election result after having lost at the ballot box, Allen West has now run to Governor Rick Scott to needlessly interfere with and politicize a non-partisan election process.
. . . All votes in this election were counted fairly and accurately, and Allen West has lost beyond the mandatory recount range. Having Governor Scott intervene is outrageous and inappropriate. After disenfranchising Florida voters by cutting down early voting days and creating extraordinarily long lines at the polls, Governor Scott is now trying to blatantly overturn an election result he disagreed with and undermine Gertrude Walker, a three-decade veteran of the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections office. Governor Scott needs to remove himself from this process immediately
~ DNC Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Tweets from supporter "Allen West Republic" on Twitter
"This means that members of the House of Representatives and of the Senate can refuse to recognize the election... fb.me/1KBwfix6r— Allen West Republic (@AllenWestRepub) November 19, 2012
@allenwestrepub House Leadership can refuse to seat Murphy until election recount is completed satisfactorily.— Mike(@MS1AZ) November 19, 2012
ALLEN WEST WARRIORS WE'RE PUTTING OUT AN URGENT PLEA: PLEASE CALL GOV. SCOTT TODAY, MONDAY 11-19 @ 8:30 AM TO... fb.me/23OkB9hsp— Allen West Republic (@AllenWestRepub) November 19, 2012
@allenwestrepub WHY AREN'T WE DOING THE SAME THING IN OHIO & PENN? 3 STATES IS ALL WE NEED TO OVERTURN THE ELECTION!!FORCE THE ISSUE!!— Jo (@composedof1) November 19, 2012
A REQUEST TO ALL THE ALLEN WEST SUPPORTERS:..I have always know there were many TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOTS that supported Allen West, BUT we had NO IDEA that through out OUR GREAT COUNTRY there were ARMYS of PATRIOTS that have come out over the last 3 weeks to FIGHT for the JUSTICE HE DESERVES.....I want to do a demographic survey. Please post in the comments like this......Jupiter,florida supports Allen West....I think it will be very interesting to ALL of us to see the results!!..Thank you, gary
~ Unofficial Allen West Republic on Facebook
Gertrude walker st Lucie MISSED COUNTING 40/96 districts thenCOUNTED the already counted TWICE. Demand FULL & TEA PARTY SUPERVISED RECOUNT— Dr. Heidi Bach (@drheidibach) November 19, 2012
Then there is Gertrude Walker, the 32-year-veteran election supervisor of St. Lucie County, who has spent much of the last two weeks explaining why her office completely botched the count. She admitted that her office had acted in “haste” in issuing election results, and that “mistakes were made.” Among her mistakes was failing to count 40 of the 94 precincts under her jurisdiction on Election Night — and then counting the other 54 twice. Indeed. On Friday, her office announced it had “discovered” 304 additional early votes left in a box. None had been counted.
But Walker wasn’t available for comment. She has been hospitalized for unknown reasons.
~ John Fund, National Review
In seeking to pull a fast one, Walker and her Democrat allies are picking on the wrong guy. Allen West is fearless, and he does not just give up, as far too many establishment Republicans are prone to do. He is fighting this in court, and if he faces reverses there, will continue the battle. The outrgaeousness of this attempted theft is such that it can and will become a cause celebre. We will not forget.
~ Thomas Lifson on American Thinker
The last person to realize that Rep. Allen West's political career is over (for now) is Allen West: bit.ly/Q5SPDz— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) November 20, 2012
Allen West refuses to concede defeat, or that his 1991 flat-top makes him look like Kid n Play's rightwing uncle.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) November 19, 2012
The only thing more embarrassing than Allen West losing his district would be if he actually lived there.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) November 18, 2012
@johnfugelsang What are the odds Allen West shows up on the House floor, and staff has to drag him off?— John (@jhf5) November 18, 2012
There's something satisfying in a "harsh interrogator" like Allen West now appealing to activist courts to save his political skin.— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) November 12, 2012
Rick Scott, as usual, insinuating himself into the Allen West controversy, taking the WRONG side! Voldemort LIVES! #pinkslipRick— Joanne Robrahn (@abynorml) November 20, 2012