This morning Florida Democrat Patrick Murphy claimed victory over Congressman Allen West (R) in Florida’s District 18. With all votes in, it seems Murphy has almost a 2,500 vote lead, about a 50.4% to 49.6%. West has not conceded and a recount may be underway. See UPDATEs below.
In a statement today, West campaign manager Tim Edson said that the race was not over.
“This race is far from decided and there is no rush to declare an outcome. Ensuring a fair and accurate counting of all ballots is of the utmost importance. This race is far from decided and there is no rush to declare an outcome. Ensuring a fair and accurate counting of all ballots is of the utmost importance. There are still tens of thousands of absentee ballots to be counted in Palm Beach County and potential provisional ballots across the district.
He added: “We will continue to fight to ensure every vote is counted properly and fairly, and accordingly will pursue all legal means necessary.”
Murphy declared victory early Wednesday morning in a statement.
“I am humbled by the outpouring of support from the voters of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches,” Murphy said in a statement declaring victory. “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.” Source: Business Insider at approximately 12:35 CST.
I will update as we hear more from Congressman West.