Nov 12, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
FORT PIERCE — A partial recount on Sunday of early ballots from St. Lucie County narrowed Democrat Patrick Murphy’s thin margin of victory over Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West in a nationally watched congressional race and prompted the West campaign to call for a recount of all the county’s early votes.
Although it issued a public notice saying it would recount all 37,379 early ballots, the county’s elections canvassing board opted to recount only 16,275 ballots from the last three days of early voting.
The partial recount shaved 667 votes off Murphy’s total and 132 votes from West in St. Lucie County, which is one of three counties in Congressional District 18. West’s net gain of 535 votes reduced Murphy’s overall margin in the district to 1,907 votes or 0.58 percent — still outside the 0.5 percent margin needed to trigger a recount under state law.
Murphy campaign attorney Sean Domnick declared victory after the partial recount and called on West, who has not conceded, to “step aside.”
West campaign manager Tim Edson called the recount a “sham” and a “circus” and vowed to pursue “every legal action available to make sure every vote is counted fairly and accurately in this election.”
Edson also renewed the West campaign’s call to review voter sign-in sheets to compare the number of people who voted to the number of ballots cast.