Dear Patriots for those asking they are done counting the ballots for Allen West..now we wait and see .... tick toc—
Traditional American (@RightWingAngel) November 18, 2012
As of 11 a.m. ET, it appears to be wrapping up.
Workers have finished feeding ballots in scanners in West-Murphy recount; awaiting upload of memory cards—
Matt Sedensky (@Sedensky) November 18, 2012
Should hear by noon today on Allen West recount! Looking good so far!—
Oohoo (@Oohoo3) November 18, 2012
They are done counting the ballots for Allen West..now we wait and see—
Suzie Watkins (@suziewatkins) November 18, 2012
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.
In 15 minutes we will know whether Allen West closed the gap enough to force an automatic state recount.He only needs 249 votes 4 recount—
Chris (@atrdchris) November 18, 2012
Huh. They stopped the recount last night and now deadline missed?
Dragging their feet and stalling in Allen West recount! Something smells fishy!!—
Dale Griggs (@rogergriggs) November 18, 2012
Evidently, an emergency hearing on the deadline time is being requested.
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.
Democrat-run elections office in St. Lucie County, FL trying to end Allen West recount. Early numbers not matching & all over the place!—
TappyWise (@ACollinsByrnes) November 18, 2012
Problem w/West recount: precinct 93 has 7 voters when chip was uploaded claimed 900 voted in P.93.—
Ruth Crone (@trinket509) November 18, 2012
Update: #AllenWestRecount takes off.
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:
Allen West camp re: Murphy winning St Lucie County (again): "We will review the results of today's recount … to determine how to proceed."—
jennifer bendery (@jbendery) November 18, 2012
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.”