No Surrender: Rep. Allen West Still Refuses to Concede

The feisty Florida lawmaker may challenge his loss in court.

Posted: 11/13/2012 11:15 AM EST
Allen West

The bombastic Florida Rep. Allen West is continuing his campaign to keep the House seat he narrowly lost last week, despite the widespread belief that he's going to be a one-term congressman.

At the center of West's challenge are ballots from St. Lucie County that had to be recounted because of a malfunctioning machine. The Associated Press reports that as of Monday, the partial recount still puts his apparent successor Democrat Patrick Murphy in the lead with 166,223 votes to West's 164,316. West is calling for a full recount of all votes cast, including early voting ballots, and a review of the sign-in books from the polls to compare the number of signatures with the number of ballots cast.

“I think the people in Congressional District 18, and people all across the United States of America, should be very concerned about what has happened in St. Lucie County,” West told CBS Miami. “We need to have a full recount of early voting, we need to see those voter logs, and when you had the people in St. Lucie County that closed polling places and locked doors, and counted votes behind doors, that’s a violation of Florida statute."

Military and overseas ballots must still be counted but are not expected to change anything. After the results are officially certified on Friday, West will have 10 days to contest the outcome in court. West, who raised $17 million, is prepared to dip into his war chest to launch a legal challenge.

“Look, if people don’t want me in Congress, I got it, I understand that, but I fought for 22 years in uniform, to make sure our democratic system was the best in the world, and I don’t want to see that being lost,” West said.

Both men will be in Washington this week as West participates in Congress' lame duck session and Murphy does freshman orientation.

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(Photo: CBS Miami)

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