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Allen West saga continues: Recount under way this morning



Despite losing a court battle yesterday, Allen West got a break this morning as St. Lucie County has begun recounting more than 37,000 ballots cast in early voting in West's race against Democrat Patrick Murphy.

The decision was made last night, after a judge ruled that West had not shown enough evidence to warrant a recount. The Palm Beach Post is on the scene. West hopes he can gain enough votes to warrant a full recount across the district.

Murphy's lawyers have filed a court motion to stop the action this morning. West campaign: "Murphy's efforts bring to mind the dark times in our nation's history when politicians tried to manipulate the law to suppress the votes, and we are appalled by Murphy's apparent contempt for the voting rights of citizens to have their ballots accurately and fairly tabulated."

[Last modified: Saturday, November 17, 2012 11:13am]


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