Election officials missed a deadline Sunday to report results of a two-day recount in GOP Rep. Allen West’s race to remain in Congress, apparently sealing unofficial results giving the win to Democrat Patrick Murphy.
St. Lucie County did not meet a noon cutoff to finish processing 37,379 ballots cast early in the District 18 congressional election. Under Florida law, previously submitted results favoring Murphy will be certified unless an emergency exemption is granted by the state.
“They did this recount because they weren’t confident in the outcome,” said West campaign manager Tim Edson. “Now, because they missed the deadline, we’re not going to know whether they were right in their concern or not.”
Edson said the incumbent’s campaign was looking at what could be done to possibly extend the deadline and suggested the fight was not yet over.
“We’ll continue with all legal options that are available,” he said.
Angry West supporters loudly chanted “Count our votes!” as they awaited an explanation from county officials.