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Allen West concedes to Murphy in race for Congress

GOP Rep. Allen West gave up his fight to remain in Congress on Tuesday after two weeks of recount battles in court.

Associated Press (2010)

GOP Rep. Allen West gave up his fight to remain in Congress on Tuesday after two weeks of recount battles in court.

It's over for Allen West.

The South Florida congressman, elected in the 2010 tea party wave, conceded defeat Tuesday morning to Democrat Patrick Murphy, ending a colorful and controversy filled tenure in Washington. West was a hero to conservatives and frequent appearances on cable news shows made him one of the country's top fundraisers. But his antics — among them, likening Democrats to communists and Nazis — made West a top target of 2012.

Despite losing on Election Day, West maintained a challenge through Monday, winning at least a partial retabulation of ballots in St. Lucie County. It only increased Murphy's lead in the 18th Congressional District. Before the state canvassing board could certify the results Tuesday, West bowed out.

"While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election," West said in a statement. "While there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results, and the actions of the St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections rightly raise questions in my mind and for many voters, after much analysis and this past weekend's recount in St. Lucie County, our legal team does not believe there are enough over-counted, undercounted or fraudulent votes to change the outcome of the election."

Commission certifies results

Gov. Rick Scott and two other statewide elected officials who comprise the state's Election Canvassing Commission certified the 2012 results Tuesday, an action that formally delivers Florida's 29 electoral votes to President Barack Obama.

But not without one hiccup.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner told state officials that St. Lucie County failed to submit final official results by the state's deadline of noon on Nov. 18.

Detzner emphasized that the county's official final numbers, which were determined after the deadline, would not have altered the outcome of any race.

"It's always disappointing when something like that happens, but it didn't impact the election," Scott said afterward.

Spokesman moving to St. Pete

Sterling Ivey, right, then-Gov. Charlie Crist's spokesman, is leaving his current post as spokesman for Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Ivey is headed to St. Petersburg, where he will be a senior communications specialist with Duke/Progress Energy.

Gingriches coming to town

Newt and Callista Gingrich will stop in Tampa on Saturday to sign copies of their new books.

The couple will be at Barnes and Noble in Carrollwood, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway, at 1 p.m.

Newt will sign Victory at Yorktown, and Callista will sign Land of the Pilgrims' Pride.

Times staff writers Steve Bousquet, Brittany Alana Davis and Katie Sanders contributed to this report.

Allen West concedes to Murphy in race for Congress 11/21/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 1:43am]
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