Make us your home page

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Judge denies Rep. Allen West's request to impound ballots, calling it 'entirely premature'



This just in from the Associated Press:

A judge has denied Congressman Allen West's request to impound ballots and voting machines, dealing a blow to his re-election chances. 

Circuit Judge David Crow called the incumbent Republican's motion "entirely premature" and said vote-counting procedures are in place and being followed. 

Democrat Patrick Murphy holds a lead in the race for the District 18 seat and an unofficial tally puts him above the threshold for a recount. 

The ruling was a defeat for West, but his side claimed victory anyway. An attorney for West says the campaign was simply trying to make sure the election is fair and transparent. 

A full unofficial count of votes is due Saturday. An attorney for Murphy called West's legal actions a "political stunt."

[Last modified: Friday, November 9, 2012 4:12pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours