Allen West recount nears completion; Results expected by noon; Update: Murphy declares victory due to missed deadline; Emergency hearing requested; Update: St. Lucie recount shows Murphy widened his lead over West

As Twitchy reported last night, the recount in the highly-contested Florida race between Rep. Allen West and challenger Patrick Murphy was halted last night and was set to resume this morning.

As of 11 a.m. ET, it appears to be wrapping up.

As Twitchy also reported, West only needs a small number of votes to trigger a mandatory hand recount.

Twitchy will continue to monitor and will update as soon as the results are available.

Update:

Update:

Huh. They stopped the recount last night and now deadline missed?

Evidently, an emergency hearing on the deadline time is being requested.

More from Palm Beach Post:

Attorneys for Allen West have been dispatched to the St. Lucie County courthouse for request an emergency hearing on the noon deadline the St. Lucie County canvassing board missed to certify results.

Twitchy will continue to monitor and update with developments.

Update:

Update: #AllenWestRecount takes off.

Update:

West campaign statement:

Update: According to Politico, the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections has completed its re-count, and the results show West falling further behind:

Florida Rep. Allen West’s reelection prospects grew dimmer Sunday, as a recount of early ballots showed him falling further behind his Democratic opponent.

Democrat Patrick Murphy, a 29-year-old construction company executive, gained 242 votes after the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections completed its re-tabulation, increasing his lead to more than 2,100 votes over West, a tea party hero. Murphy’s lead is just outside the 0.5 percent margin that would trigger an automatic district-wide recount under Florida law.

According to WPTV, Patrick Murphy’s team is declaring victory (again):

Murphy campaign senior advisor Eric Johnson was quick to reaffirm victory.

“As far as we’re concerned, this puts an end to it,” Johnson said. “The West people demanded a recount. They got that retabulation and Patrick Murphy gained a margin of 242 votes.”

West isn’t ready to concede:

Weighing his options:

Statement from West’s campaign manager, Tim Edson:

Stuart, FL – West for Congress campaign manager Tim Edson released the following statement following the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections’ failure to complete retabulation of the votes in time for the certification deadline:

“Why is it so hard for Supervisor of Elections, Gertrude Walker, to fairly and accurately count the results of an election? Today’s actions cast an even greater cloud of suspicion over the results of St. Lucie County than existed before. Consequently, the highly-suspect results will be submitted to the Secretary of  State today – even though the canvassing board has already admitted they may contain serious errors. 

Once again, Gertrude Walker has proven to be absolutely incapable of executing an accurate and fair election. This election is far from over. We will continue to fight on behalf of all voters in District 18 to ensure a fair and accurate count of their votes.

 The only thing voters should find more outrageous than the conduct of the Supervisor of Elections is the fact that Patrick Murphy and his father’s high-priced legal team are once again declaring victory, despite knowing full well that the results of this election are highly suspect. It’s clear Patrick Murphy puts his own interests ahead of the people he claims he wishes to represent.”

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