Patrick Murphy declared winner over Allen West in CD 18

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Rep. Allen West was defeated in a close race by Democrat Patrick Murphy.  MSNBC called the race for Murphy early Wednesday morning although the AP has not called the race.

At 2:35 a.m., with 99% reporting, Murphy had a 2,381 lead over West.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support from the voters of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches,” Murphy said in a statement.  “I pledge to be a representative who will work across the aisle, listen to all points of views, and work to end the divisiveness in Congress. Our country faces many challenges, and by working together we will continue to move our country forward.”

“We congratulate Congressman-elect Patrick Murphy on defeating Tea Party crony Allen West,” said Florida Democratic Party chair Rod Smith said in a statement.  “Murphy is a rising star in the party and will be a strong voice for the people of Florida in the United States Congress.”

The 18th District race was one of the most expensive, closest-watched campaigns in the county, with West raising more than $17 million and Murphy bringing in $3.6 million.

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