The Georgia GOP wants Allen West if Florida doesn't

If this whole Florida recount doesn't go U.S. Rep. Allen West's way, he has a standing invite to move to the more-Republican leaning state of Georgia.

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Republican Party chairwoman Sue Everhart said she'd love to welcome West back to Georgia.

West, the Journal-Constitution reports, is an Atlanta native.

"I would be glad to have him come back to Georgia and at some point run here," Everhart said. "I would certainly try to help him because he has done his job. The way he ran his race didn't in any way interfere with the job he did. He ran as a Republican, a conservative Republican."

West has yet to concede his race in Florida's 18th Congressional District, where he trails Democrat Patrick Murphy by 1,907 votes out of 330,594 votes cast, according to the state.

Murphy is in Washington attending orientation events while West is pushing for a full recount. A partial recount in St. Lucie County narrowed Murphy's lead but not enough to trigger an automatic recount.

"Thanks to all of you here in the Treasure Coast and across America who have joined with us in the fight to protect and preserve the American democratic electoral process," West posted on Facebook. "You have all become guardians of America's honor. … I will not let you down."

Who won the Cuban vote?

A claim that nearly half of Cuban-American voters favored President Barack Obama is under dispute, with one side claiming it had new evidence that it was true and the other insisting it was false.

Florida International University professors Dario Moreno and Kevin Hill reported on Monday that their analysis of tallies from selected precincts in Miami-Dade County indicated GOP candidate Mitt Romney won up to 59 percent of the Cuban vote.

Miami Democratic pollster Bendixen & Amandi International, however, reported Monday its own analysis of the county's 48 largest Hispanic districts showed Obama won the Cuban vote, 51-49.

The dispute involves competing visions of whether the Cuban-American vote has moved beyond its half-century-old support for the GOP. But while the two sides disagree on the numbers, it appears clear that Obama received more Cuban votes last week than he did in 2008.

Bendixen sparked the argument last week when its initial analysis showed Obama with 48 percent of the Cuban vote statewide — a historic high.

Secession petitions spreading

People frustrated by the results of last week's presidential election are using the White House's citizen petition website to ask that their states be allowed to secede from the United States.

A petition filed by "Nicholas J." on Saturday asks the White House to "Peacefully grant the State of Florida to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government." As of Monday, the petition had more than 22,000 signatures.

Similar petitions have been filed in more than dozen states, some more than once.

If Florida's petition receives 25,000 signatures by Dec. 10, the White House says it will respond.

The Florida petition makes no mention of Obama, nor does it give any specific reasoning other that "in today's world the Federal Government has not led our citizens justly and with honor."

The secession petitions have prompted response petitions, including: "Deport Everyone That Signed A Petition To Withdraw Their State From The United States Of America." It had about 3,300 signatures Monday.

Times/Herald staff writers Mary Ellen Klas and Tia Mitchell contributed to this report.

The Georgia GOP wants Allen West if Florida doesn't 11/13/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 6:30pm]

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