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Nov 10, 2012 Comments Off on Florida Certifies Allen West Challenger As Winner Pat Dollard

Excerpted from Briefing Room: Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is refusing to concede the race to retain his House seat, despite the state of Florida certifying his challenger’s victory.

Florida certified congressman-elect Patrick Murphy (D) as the winner of his race against incumbent West.

“As expected, the Election Night results have been confirmed. It is now time to put the campaign behind us. I am honored that the voters of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches have chosen me to be their voice in Congress. Regardless of whether they voted for me or my opponent, I am committed to representing the interests of all residents of Florida’s 18th Congressional district in Washington,” Murphy said in a Saturday statement.

West had raised concerns about the vote. The Tea Party freshman sent a letter to a Florida elections board supervisor on Thursday that said he might take legal action over what he termed “discrepancies” at the polls.

The vote gap between Murphy and West was too large to trigger a recount.

The race produced particularly memorable ads, with West using Murphy’s mug shot from an underage drinking incident in one and a political action committee backing Murphy using a caricature of West punching elderly women and taking money from a family in another.

As of mid-October, according to The Palm Beach Post, the race was one of the most expensive House races in the nation, with outside groups and the candidates pouring a collective $23 million into the contest.