- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The campaign of Rep. Allen B. West, a Florida Republican freshman and tea party favorite who trails Democrat Patrick Murphy by 2,456 votes with 100 percent of the votes counted, said Wednesday the controversial lawmaker will seek a recount in a race that is “far from decided.”

West campaign manager Tim Edson, in a statement released Wednesday, said that “there is no rush to declare an outcome.”

“Ensuring a fair and accurate counting of all ballots is of the utmost importance,” he added. “There are still tens of thousands of absentee ballots to be counted in Palm Beach County and potential provisional ballots across the district… . Given the hostility and demonstrated incompetence of the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections, we believe it is critical that a full hand recount of the ballots take place in St. Lucie County. We will continue to fight to ensure every vote is counted properly and fairly, and accordingly will pursue all legal means necessary.”

Mr. West has not conceded, and The Associated Press has not called the race for Mr. Murphy, who leads in the South Florida contest 160,328 to 157,872, or 50.4 percent to Mr. West’s 49.6 — but the Democrat declared victory Wednesday morning.

“I pledge to be a representative who will work across the aisle, listen to all points of views and work to end this divisiveness in Congress,” he said in a statement.