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Allen West Election, Still Waiting for Overseas and Military Ballots; Update: "New York" Piece Chimes In; Update II: Officials Order Partial Recount, UpdateIII: Elections Board Denies Press Request after Partial Recounting





Just as the Republican establishment works to sell out other known reformers, the state of Florida’s party machine (led by Romney’s Florida spokesman) made sure to redistrict Allen West’s territory to get him out of there.  West, like other reformers, are apparently not needed.

The only problem is the election Tuesday night was very close.  West’s Democratic challenger so far has won with 50.4 percent of the vote, by about 2,400 votes.  According to this article, that surpasses the amount of votes which automatically trigger a recount.  But considering there are votes out there which are coming from overseas and military personnel, West’s chances of slimming that lead down are good.

The way I see it, if his opponent is confident in his win, he’d at least have the respect to await the votes to come in from our military.

But there seems to be other issues.  According to the article, possible voting irregularities are a cause for concern: (emphasis)

West’s campaign insists there are many unanswered questions in the race, mostly centered in St. Lucie County, the only one of three counties in the district that Murphy won. They are concerned that votes were counted twice and have asked to review sign-in books from the polls to ensure the number of voters matched the ballot count.

"We’re simply not going to just walk away from the race until we see that the numbers add up," West campaign manager Tim Edson said.

West’s only path forward appears to be through the courts. Under state law, he still could contest the election if misconduct or fraud might have changed its result.

Of course West should have a recount.  Of course we should wait to see what the results are once the military and overseas votes come in, even if they are just a "handful" as the AP tells us.  Also, he won two of the three counties in the district.

Further, considering all the GOP establishment has done to wipe West out, then I find West’s campaign’s suspicion of possible voter shenanigans to be perfectly reasonable.

Yet, the news stories have already written him off as the loser and the headlines portray him as a stubborn man who refuses to step back.  If West were a screaming liberal, he’d be getting a lot more support from the media and by now his opponent and supporters calling for West to bow out would be portrayed as racists.

Update

This really is the saddest form of journalism I’ve ever witnessed.  An obviously biased Caroline Bankoff over at New York Magazine chimes in: (emphasis)

Brave anti-communist crusader and crazy Florida congressman Allen West has been declared the loser in his tight race against challenger Patrick Murphy. This is not a surprise to most, as Murphy took credit for the win on Wednesday morning, when — with 100 percent of precincts reporting — he led West by 2,456 votes, or .74 of the electorate. In Florida, recounts are trigged when the winning margin is .5 percent or less, but West started demanding one anyway, citing "unanswered questions" in St. Lucie county.

This morning, the state issued "complete but unofficial results showing Murphy with a lead of 2,442 votes, or 50.4 percent." Though "a handful" of overseas and military ballots haven’t been counted, Florida law says any a decision to do a recount would be based on today’s numbers.

Earth to Caroline.  Yes Florida law would be based on today’s numbers.  However, as you admit, there are still overseas and military votes to be counted.  Despite the fact that 100%  of the precincts have been reported, there are still votes to be counted.

I find it ironic that folks this feckless in the media would be so smug in the face of our military who fight and die for "Freedom of the Press" just so people like Bankoff can abuse it.  Allen West once did that for her as well.  But having respect for people who make this country work and for those who make our liberties possible obviously falls short when there’s a narrative waiting to be fulfilled.

Update II

h/t John_Frank

According to Fox News, Florida officials have ordered a partial recount:

Election officials in St. Lucie County will recount early votes cast in the hotly contested race for Florida’s 18th district’s House seat between Tea Party favorite Rep. Allen West and his challenger, Democrat Patrick Murphy.

The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board announced late Saturday it had set an “emergency meeting” to start at 7 a.m. Sunday at its headquarters, to “recount all ballots cast during early voting.” The number of early ballots is estimated by officials to be roughly 37,000.

West, who has refused to concede the race, is currently trailing Murphy by 2,442 votes, according to the latest results from Florida  Division of Elections. On its website, the agency says West has garnered 164,448 votes to Murphy’s 166,890.

Update III

Stuff is really starting to stink:



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  • carmtom13

    The Bush’s put the word out to Romney and the DC establishment to try and get Alan West out. Why? Because Alan West is a constitutional conservative and is not part of the elite DC GOP establishment. The Bush establishment want to control and I firmly believe they wanted Romney to lose so Jeb Bush will run in 2016 and if not him the establishment want Rubio who is with the GOP establishment. Alan West is in good company, Governor Palin and Michele Bachmann to name a few. The DC elite GOP establishment and the Bush’s are the major problem of what is wrong with the GOP time to tell them all to sit down and shut up like they have told the conservatives in the party. We must remember what Breitbart said "WE WILL NO LONGER SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP!" If they keep doing this and running candidates who are moderate or lean left the republicans will never win an election for president.

    • blueniner

      I smell a rat, stay out the Bushs…..The GOP needs to purge itself from the Bushs, I can see trouble starting with the Bush-Rooobio duo.

    • Guest

      The Bush crime family chose Wasserman-socialist over Allen West. "Better a Democrat than someone who is not one of us." Once West had the temerity to tell off Wasserman-socialist on the House floor Boehner and Jeb Bush made the deal to get rid of him. They had had enough. He was an embarrassment. People were actually paying attention to what West was saying. He was making too much noise. But first Boehner needed to use West to get the debt ceiling passed. West had too much influence with the Tea Party freshmen. Boehner and Cantor threatened to not support him for re-election if he didn’t acquiesce knowing full well that the deed was already done with the Florida redistricting to get him out of his seat.

      Jeb Bush’s hands are filthy dirty. He was totally pissed that in 2010 Florida voted against every single gopE establishment candidate. Just who the hell did these Tea Party idiots think they were! As soon as the 2010 election was over he went to work. He would fix Palin for endorsing the little twit Pam Bondi for Attorney General. He would buy opportunist Bondi off. Jebbie knew that he suckered the Tea Party with Marco Rubio. Charlie Crist couldn’t be trusted but Rubio was a loyal lap dog.

      Jeb Bush is still the governor of Florida. He relegated Rick Scott to nothing but dog catcher. And he decided that it was Connie Mack’s turn to run for senator. After all he was entitled to the seat. His father had been Florida’s senator for years.

      Yes, it’s all in the family, the Bush crime family. They decided that they were going to move up the Florida primary to January to ensure that Etch-a-sketch got the nomination. People would be caught blindsided. The holidays were hardly over. The average voter wouldn’t even have time to study the candidates. The fix was in. Etch-a-sketch would be the 2012 nominee guaranteeing a Jeb Bush candidacy in 2016.

      Mama Barbara always believed that Jeb was destined to be president not George.

      Mama’s rolodex is all fired up and ready to go!

      • carmtom13

        I hope you are right about Mama Rolodex. We need her now more than ever. If she gives the nod we must all unite behind her and fight. We must remember Breitbarts words
        " WE WILL NO LONGER SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP!" Every time they spew their BS about her we must come back and hit them harder than we have done in the past.

      • Redag

        What’s more detremental to Allen West is the fact that he frequently speaks out against CAIR and other corrupt Muslim organizations. And for whatever reason Republicans as well as Democrats protect the Muslims. Too bad they didn’t defend the citizens of this country like that.

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    Men like Allen West represent what is great about our country.

    After our Sarah herself, I can think of no finer or more fearless advocate for America among all our public figures today.

    Even if the GOPe and the Left, working fist, er, hand in glove, manage to stop him NOW, he will come back …

    As Sarah’s VP, then as her successor as POTUS, to consolidate and extend the Palin Revolution!!

    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      I don’t think they have seen the last of Allen West.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Amen!!

  • TENCOLE

    Steve…..I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed. I would think that the military would overwhelmingly be voting for West….but would it be enough? Not sure how many of our military live in his district.

    Mark America has been following this and is trying to start a campaign for West to become speaker…..whether West wins or not.

    It’s a great read.
    http://markamerica.com/2012/11/10/the-role-of-the-gop-establishment-in-the-2012-disaster/

    BTW….that photo truly is one of my favs….never get tired of seeing it. ?

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, TENCOLE!!

    • Redag

      Even though the military will vote overwhelmingly for West , it won’t be enough to swing the election results but it will be enough to cause a recount. That’s what Allen West wants cuz he knows that corruption ran rampant that night.

  • http://twitter.com/enbreb Elwanda Burrell

    We need to stay out of the Bushes!!!

  • Right_Wingnut

    Nice coattails, Mitt.

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    Recount to begin soon:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/11/florida-officials-order-partial-recount-in-tight-congressional-race-between-rep/

    ‘"Late on Election Night, Congressman West led by 1,700 votes," West for Congress said in a statement. "Following the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections’ decision to recount thousands of early ballots after a technical glitch, the margin shifted by 4,000. In order to ensure that votes were not doubled counted, we have requested that the St. Lucie Supervisor of Elections make public the poll check-in books to ensure the numbers of ballots cast matches the numbers of voters checked-in at the polls." …

    ‘Even if the results of the partial recount do not change the race, West still has the option to contest the election if misconduct or fraud might have changed its result. …

    ‘The group Revive America has rallied to support West should he mount a legal challenge. The conservative group sent out an email Saturday calling for donations and saying Washington Republicans are now giving West little help.

    ‘“Dear Patriot,” the email begins. “Conservative hero Allen West is in the midst of a brutal recount. … The liberals threw everything they had at him in this election and couldn’t defeat him outright. So now they are trying to STEAL this election.”’

    The GOPe is hanging Colonel West out to dry. This is why the national party did not get a cent from me, and will not get a cent from me in the future. They should be all over this travesty, and they are missing in action.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GNTC646T64CYO54I4SDUMDT3EM otto

    I would move heaven and earth to help Allen West. I think he should not cave in. I think he should go down swinging. Infact if we are to survive he has to.

     I am also shocked that it was that close. I would have thought the people of Florida would know a good man when they saw him. Just the fact that it was that close has me puzzled about what is going on. There is a trend in this country that i do not like.

    We have to be careful about saying the  election was rigged. As has been done lately. (Gore people used it also)I have not heard it used as much since Mayor Daley rigged the votes in Chicago for John Kennedy against Richard Nixon. 

    It may well be true. Along with the  the  re-districting intentions.
    And those that would do it should be hung. IMO.

    I am beginning to think we should start making long term plans to bury the Republican party. But it will take some years ,and they will not go quietly. The real question is do we have the long term commitment, the resources,  and the backing of the people that it will take do accomplish it. A new party that garners only 5% of the vote will not cut it. And is pure folly.

    It is a hard road to hoe.

    • Independantminded

      I don’t think that calling democratic repersentitves communists helped his cause much. He plays great to the far right but you need more than them to win elections in these days of such a diverse electorate

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GNTC646T64CYO54I4SDUMDT3EM otto

        I agree that we need more than one group to win the hearts and minds of 300 million people.
        And that the T Party most certainly will never win much standing alone (unless we multiply tenfold)

        By the same token telling the truth used to be coveted in this country. Not so much anymore it appears. Half truths and lies seem to win the day..

        I don’t think calling Obama a Marxist ,or a Socialist is off base,i believe it is the truth. His actions precede him. His own words condem him.. You do want to hear the truth i hope.

      • Exgunman

        A rose by any other name is still a rose……..a communist by any other name is still a communist……………………….cal ‘em as you see ‘em

  • http://lenbilen.com/ Lennart Bilén

    Out of 175,554 registered voters, 247,713 vote cards were cast in St. Lucie County!

    Barack Obama won the county.When faced with the astronomical figures, Gertrude Walker, Supervisor of Elections for St. Lucie County, said she had no idea why turnout was so incredibly high. She was flabbergasted, saying, "We’ve never seen that here.""Never seen that here"Coincidentally (or not), St. Lucie County is also in Allen West’s district where 6,000 votes mysteriously "shifted" from Mr. West to his challenger.Out of the 247,713 cards cast, somehow election machines counted 123,591 total votes..

  • misterlogic0013

     GOP / DEMS all one party .. GOP wanted him out, under orders Marco and the newly elected machine we put in (thinking we were voting HONESTY) double crossed millions (for future promise of a place in the GOP) .. this is what you get ..
     Not news, AP go to you know where ……  I have had it, not going along to get along, I’m sending West $ and my time, he deserves it / yes hes not perfect, either are we .. many little things add up to big things ..
       Facts will win the day, they always do.  A lie is a slip of the tongue, truth is the tongue. Lets demand voter id, picture, signature, verification .. something isn’t right .. Voting machines (electronic) must match voter ID.  follow the money …… we are in deep do do .. hello ……..
      Harry Reid, Arizona total fraud, Cleveland, Pennsylvania (Philly) list goes on and on .. Can’t give up, the facts are with us, sort them out, ask questions, demand answers. Sea Saw will tilt, its been tilting, Sarah Palin re-making GOP ..
     Must hang tough, support who you want, make a difference, feel it .. put time in .. or what ?  Bits of personal responsibility go a long way .. lead .. smile .. inform .. Honest Governance / not complicated ..

    • FlAli

      What makes you think that Marco Rubio wanted him out?  I guess the people of St. Lucie County wanted a man who lied saying he was a CPA when he was not, a man who got into a drunken brawl with a policeman and who partied for three days after the election just like they wanted a man who has no clue about fiscal responsibility and thinks that he can spend his way into prosperity. 

      Numbers have shown that a lot of Republicans stayed home and decided not to vote this time around.  I hope the absentee ballots come in with a positive result for Congressman West, but I don’t know.  Adam Hasner (he was running for West’s old seat) who always won easily in the State also lost to the previous mayor of  West Palm Beach.  I do not know what happened in this last election but honestly I think I am more worried about the lack of intelligence of the American people than I am about anything else.  We had a chance to get out of this fiscal mess and make America the great country that it should be but people decided that they wanted "free stuff" without thinking that no matter how much you tax the "rich", there is not enough money for all these things.  I think Romney should have stressed that under Obama more people were deported than dusing Bush’s eight years in the WH.  Also no one has mentioned that Obama said that he would raise taxes on anyone earning over one million dollars, but now he went back to his $250,000 figure.  I know that $250,000 is a lot of money but when you take into consideration the high prices of gasoline, food, mortgage, utilities, and probably the insurance and property taxes that will probably increase, that does not leave a lot of money on the table, especially in the big cities (you know the ones that voted for Obama.)

      • carmtom13

        Rubio is part of the Bush establishment. Look who is pushing Rubio, none other than the elite DC GOP establishment. Romney lost because 3 million republicans stayed home and did not vote. The GOP can forget about the Hispanic vote, they will never get it because they want the government hand outs. I’m not saying all Hispanics are like that but a good number of them are as well as a lot of other groups. As a Catholic I am totally disgusted with the 54% or more Catholics who voted for BHO. I guess those who voted for BHO go to church and only take up a seat to be seen as a good Catholic for 1 hour a week and do not believe in Church Doctrine. They are no different than Pelosi and Biden, CNO! Who do these people think they are fooling…..GOD. I am not judging them but one day they will all meet their maker and will have to answer just like the rest of us. Sorry I went on so long.

        • FlAli

          As a hispanic and as a relative of hispanics that ALL except a couple voted for Romney, I take umbrage at your statement that hispanics want handouts.  I have never, ever received a handout and cannot recall that any of my hispanic friends received any either.  Please do not generalize.  The problem is not so much the hispanic vote because they want handouts, the problem is that the wrong message is being delivered.  In any event, hispanics cannot be grouped as a whole since hispanics come from very different backgrounds and different countries.  We are not all Mexicans like most people tend to believe.  We do not all eat tacos and chimichangas.  Lumping hispanics all together is the same as saying that all "white" Americans are English.  Most hispanics want legal immigration and we are opposed to illegal immigration as much as the rest of the US.  We work, we produce, we pay taxes.  I think that the best way to address the immigration problems is to make hispanics realize that people have to know the people that are arriving here.  Not to mention the human trafficking of sex slaves that has increased due to illegal immigration. 

          As far as Rubio being "pushed", did you ever come to think that it might be because the man is very eloquent in two languages, speaks very well and "off the cuff" and they see him as someone who can breach the gap?

          As far as the 3 million republicans who stayed home and did not vote, I recall being lambasted when I stated here that it was wrong to do that.   Just like it would be wrong to stay home and not vote because the Independents might think that a candidate is too far to the right which could have easily have happened if a candidate that they considered too "extremely right wing" would have nominated.  The country is not going to go the far right anytime soon.  Students at universities are being indoctrinated as socialists by their professors.  The eight year old daughter of a friend came home and told her mother that if Romney wom, there would no no jobs in four years and everyone will be poor.  The indoctrination of our children is starting at that young age and most parents do not seem to care.  To me THAT is the problem.

          • carmtom13

            Sorry I did not mean to offend you or any other Hispanic. I said in my comment NOT all Hispanics.

          • Redag

            Thanks for the info. I personally didn’t believe the numbers that 70% of Hispanics were for Obama. I think the numbers were skewed. I raised 3 Hispanic foster children and learned a lot about their culture. From what I know is that they are mostly religious family people that want immigration the right way. Obama promotes none of those things. He is against Christianity,Against the family unit and against legal immigration. So how could this large majority gravitate to Obama? I don’t believe its true. There was so much voter fraud why not skew the numbers too? Just like I don’t believe 2 million less voters came out for Romney than for McCain. Romney was drawing crowds in the thousands at all his rallies. Numbers McCain could only dream of. Even Obama didn’t draw those crowds. Obama had Stevie Wonder at a rally the week end before the election and only drew 200 people. I truly believe there was a lot more voter fraud than what was reported

      • Guest

         More gopE propaganda. When you know the facts tell us. Until then don’t spread gopE lies.

        • FlAli

          Why not?  You should be used to being lied to by now.

      • misterlogic0013

         bla bla bla  ………… your busted  ..

  • n4cerinc

    That Florida GOP is something else. They redistricted this good man out of office.

    • Redag

      Not so fast. This man spent most of his adult life fighting and I don’t think he’ll stop anytime soon

  • Polarbearpapa

     "Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence
    of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public
    councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are
    rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them."

    Joseph Story

  • attydomsalv

    How can we help Allen West in this effort now?

    • RebinTexas

      Donate money – but ONLY directly to his site – lots of fraud pacs out there trying to get your money with his name right now!!!
      Reb

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GNTC646T64CYO54I4SDUMDT3EM otto

    Hold your horses. In the interest in getting at the truth,
    About this redistricting issue… Please address this if you will. From PJ media:

    Storyline:  This has not received a lot of national attention, but the Republican legislature in Florida is about to push through a plan which puts Allen West at serious risk, and the person leading the effort is one of Mitt Romney’s spokesmen [Will Weatherford]

    Rebuttle here

    http://www.sunshinestatesarah.com/2012/01/no-there-isnt-romney-conspiracy-against.html

    As an outside observer about this with absolutely no iron in this fire……Who is telling us the truth?

    • Guest

      I live in Fl-22. Take your gopE propaganda somewhere else.

      When you invest the time that we did and get hosed by the gopE more than the Democrats I will listen to you.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GNTC646T64CYO54I4SDUMDT3EM otto

        I don’t give a damn where you live. We all live someplace my ignorant friend. It’s the truth i’m looking for my friend ,not your "GOPE LINE OF CRAP" that you want to tag me with.. So talk facts  or dry up.

         Take your insults and you go somewhere else. Guest.

    • RebinTexas

       That happened early last spring – when they changed LTC West’ district………and rubio was a part of this deal……..he is dead to me……..as are the bushs.
      Reb

  • attydomsalv

    Go to ReviveAmerica to help Allen West

    • RebinTexas

      Dom – DO NOT GO TO Revive America – they are collecting your money – and West is NOT seeing a penny of it – they are even reported in some of the Florida FBs as the fraud they are.

      Liz – who lives in Fl – and was over the Youth for Palin – warned me about this.
      Reb

  • John_Frank

    Steve, you may wish to update this report:

    Florida officials order partial recount in tight House race between Rep. West and Democratic challenger Murphy
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/11/florida-officials-order-partial-recount-in-tight-congressional-race-between-rep/?intcmp=trending#ixzz2Bvew0OFM

  • binky354

    Media bias is destroying America from within.

  • http://twitter.com/Super_Sachiko Jasmine Clark

    thanks for the info!

    i hope the overseas ballots are counted before a winner is declared…

  • SuperRoadrunner

    It is not the recount that is at stake. How about the fact that in the 18th District 247,000 votes were cast for 175,000 registered voters. This is a huge surplus! Wonder where the rest of them came from!

    WND reported, "Only one precinct had less than 113% turnout. The unofficial vote count is
    175,554 registered voters for  247,713 vote cards cast (141.10% ). The National SEAL Museum, a St. Lucie county polling place,
    had 158.85% voter turn out, the highest in the county."

    According to the "Cockroach Theory" if you see one, there are many more
    around… Think of the potential impact on senatorial races and the
    presidential race if other results were equally manufactured around the country!

    Meanwhile the press is overcome by the case of the general that may have had a case of hot pants, that  could  very well be a manufactured distraction during which we may have our country stolen from under us… (Always watch the other hand!)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RXW3P4NK7TPMMJRIE7TFCTOTEI Vicki

    Maybe there are only a couple of hundred military votes, which would mean even at one hundred percent he couldn’t win.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RXW3P4NK7TPMMJRIE7TFCTOTEI Vicki

    I know I’m beating a dead horse, but once again, if the republican party would seriously address a practical approach to immigration, these wouldn’t be so hard fought. Personally I would like to have an idea that would get these folks on the tax base and voting republican. If republicans had a good idea about immigration they could get these folks in their column. They’re going to get here one way or another.

    • Redag

      If we look at history you will see that immigration is not the issue. Other than handouts for illegals. Ronald Reagan who got 37% of the Hispanic vote gave 3 milliion illegals amnesty. Now along comes his VP GHWBush who runs for president on the Republican ticket (the ticket that gave 3 million illegals amnesty) and he gets 30% of the Hispanic vote. 7% less than Reagan. That tells me that is NOT the issue.

    • bedr1

      Vicki there is another party that might interest you, it’s called the Democrat party.

      Romney was the most liberal nominee we ever had, he lost 8 million+ whites from 2008, thats why he lost.

      Amnesty is suicide for the GOP and America

      By the way, exit polling shows that Latinos voted for Obama, not because they wanted amnesty or open borders, but because they wanted big government.

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