STUART, Fla. β U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., calls a mysterious 4,000-vote swing late on Election Night “unconscionable” as he continues his fight to challenge his razor-thin apparent loss to Democrat Patrick Murphy.
Appearing Monday night on “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel, West said, “The thing that spurred our curiosity in our race was the fact that at 1 o’clock in the morning on Election Night, all of a sudden there was a 4,000-vote swing that took me from being ahead to put the lead into my opponent’s hands.
“And what the supervisor of elections of St. Lucie County said, Gertrude Walker, was that they went back and did a recount of the early votes that they had already counted, the first three or four days. What we’re asking is very simple. Let’s have a full recount of all of those early votes, because to have a full 4,000-vote swing in a 35-minute period is unconscionable.”
After a partial recount Sunday, West trailed Murphy by 1,907 votes, or 0.57 percent. West lost 132 votes and his Democratic opponent fell 667 with the re-tally of early ballots from Nov. 1 through 3.
West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, pointed to numerous irregularities in St. Lucie County, claiming “a lot of disproportion between the amount of people who voted in some of these polling precincts and the actual amount of ballots that were counted.”
“We have instances where there were polling locations where the doors were locked and vote-counting was done, which is a violation of Florida statute,” he added. “And also, Ms. Walker, when she announced on Saturday that she would do a full recount of early votes on Sunday, but then she came back and only did the last three days, that’s another violation of Florida statute. So I think we all need to take the time out to make sure that we have a fair and equitable democratic electoral process.”
WND has reported on numerous instances of apparent voter fraud in this election cycle, including the fact that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney did not register a single vote across 59 voting districts in Philadelphia, Pa.
“Do you think that’s possible mathematically?” Sean Hannity asked West.
“Well, I don’t live up in Philadelphia or in the suburbs, so I’m not familiar, but I will tell you that the indicators or warnings would say that probably should not be mathematically possible,” said West.
“But coming back here to St. Lucie County, there is no way that Ms. Gertrude Walker can explain, at 1 o’clock in the morning, a 4,000-vote shift to put my opponent into the lead. And everyone is asking her about this, and she is refusing to come forth and do the right thing by the constituents, the voters of congressional district 18. … It’s not about me. I know that the Democrats would like to see me gone.”
“Do you think Democrats opposed you because you’re an African-American conservative?” Hannity asked.
“There is no doubt about it,” responded West. “What I find very funny is how the liberals will complain that the Republican Party needs to have more different faces, and as soon as a different face steps up, they viciously attack you.”
West’s battle against political newcomer Patrick Murphy was one of America’s costliest and fiercest House races, with more than $23 million spent, mostly on negative ads which permeated South Florida airwaves for months.
“I’m definitely excited to put the campaign behind us,” Murphy told the Palm Beach Post Monday. “It was a long campaign; it was a dirty campaign. I’m excited to get to work in D.C.”
The Stuart News is reporting today that West’s challenge of the result could potentially last for months, especially if he takes his concern to the U.S. House.
Article I of the Constitution gives the House or Senate the ability to decide a contested election.
But Bob Jarvis of Nova Southeastern’s law school told the paper it still doesn’t give West a good shot, despite the fact Republicans hold a majority in the House.
“There have been over a hundred of these challenges in the last century, but they really never succeed,” Jarvis said.