Allen West Misses Important Deadline

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According to TCPalm.com, an important deadline may have been missed allowing Allen West’s opponent — Patrick Murphy — to declare victory.

FORT PIERCE – The campaign of Patrick Murphy is declaring their Jupiter Democrat the winner is the District 18 congressional race, based on St. Lucie County not having sent this weekend’s recount results to state elections officials on time.

“Twelve o’oclock is the certification deadline,” said Eric Johnson, senior advisor to the Murphy campaign. “When that certification deadline passes, the last results posted are the official results.”

Johnson said he had consulted with a lawyer before arriving at that announcement.

However, it was not immediately clear the noon deadline had been missed.

Marc Traum, a member of the county Canvassing Board, said he did not know whether or not results were sent to Tallahassee by noon. They had not yet been announced.

At least 100 people were at St Lucie County Supervisor of Elections office at 8 a.m. for the tightly contested congressional race between Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter and Allen West, R-Palm Beach Gardens.

An audience member asked Canvassing Board member Tod Mowery if they expected to complete the recount by a noon deadline imposed by the state Division of Elections.

“Buddy,” Mowery replied, “We’re here to tear that apart!”

The large room where the retabulation of eight days worth of early voting ballots is taking place opened about 8:15 a.m. Watchers from both camps awaited the actual count, suspended late Saturday night, to resume.

Read the full story on the TCPalm.com.

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