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Congressman Allen West told reporters that he's calling for a recount because "it's important that we make sure that a good and fair election has been done." He said there have been discrepancies in St. Lucie County, and noted that Palm Beach County is still counting votes.
The Palm Beach County court hearing on Congressman Allen West’s request for the seizure of ballots and voting machines has been postponed until Friday at noon, TCPalm.com reported.
The hearing had been set for Thursday at 5 p.m. at the main courthouse in West Palm Beach.
West, who filed court motions on Wednesday, told reporters Thursday morning that he's calling for a recount because “it’s important that we make sure that a good and fair election has been done.”
”There are some discrepancies up in St. Lucie County,” said the Republican, who trails Democrat Patrick Murphy by 2,456 votes in their 18th Congressional District race, according to the Florida Division of Elections. “But look, they’re still counting up in Palm Beach County. So we picked up 300 more votes with the absentee balloting. They’re going to continue that today.”
While West is refusing to concede, his opponent Murphy is planning his first stop on a “thank you” tour.
Murphy said he's comfortable with his margin of victory and plans to attend the House's freshman orientation next week.
West said one big discrepancy he is concerned about is that on election night at about 2 a.m. he was up by 2,000 votes, but a “recount” afterward showed him down by 2,400 votes. A Division of Elections spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.
West also said, “There were some problems with closing and locking doors up in St. Lucie.”
His team filed paperwork seeking an injunction in circuit court there Thursday afternoon, according to TCPalm.com.