Rep. Allen West’s (R-Fla.) campaign is celebrating a circuit court judge’s decision that blocked Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy’s attempt to stop a recount of early votes in St. Lucie County, a major part of Florida’s 18th District.
“Clearly, if the canvassing board has already agreed there were discrepancies and under- or over-counted ballots, it would make no sense to halt the retabulation,” West campaign manager Tim Edson said in a statement late Saturday.
“From the start, Murphy’s motion was procedurally and substantively lacking.”
The Murphy campaign earlier in the day defended its effort to stop another recount, saying West simply won’t come to terms with a loss.
“The votes were counted on Election Day, recounted last Sunday, and this would be the third time many of these votes have been counted,” Murphy’s communications director, Erin Moffet, said in a statement.