A partial recount gave Representative Allen West a slight bump Sunday in his fight to remain in Congress, but not enough to mandate a full review of ballots or to end threats of lawsuits from his campaign, reports The Associated Press.
St. Lucie County’s limited recount revised downward the totals for both West and the unofficial winner in the race, Democrat Patrick Murphy. Because Murphy lost more votes in the recount than West, it was a net gain for the Republican incumbent, though his margin of loss remained just above the threshold to order a full recount.
Neither side left the supervisor of elections’ office happy. Murphy’s campaign noted even a partial recount wasn’t necessary under state law. West’s campaign objected to the three days of early-voting ballots that were recounted, the absence of a full recount of early votes and the county’s refusal to turn over some other documentation requested.
“What’s going on today is a sham. It does nothing to address all the concerns we have,” West campaign manager Tim Edson said. “We’ll take every legal action necessary.”
St. Lucie’s revised numbers, combined with previously reported numbers for the district’s two other counties, had Murphy with a 50.3 percent share of the ballots, an overall lead of 1,907 votes. That margin of six-tenths of a percentage point is just above the half-percentage point threshold to order a full recount.
“They got what they wanted, they lost,” said Sean Domnick, an attorney for Murphy. “It’s time to step aside and let Patrick Murphy do the business of the people.”