(PALM BEACH POST) UPDATE 1 P.M: Judge Crow denies Allen West’s motion in Palm Beach County. He says West’s motion is “premature” since the election has no official results yet. He also says the legislature, not courts, sets election procedures.

A Palm Beach County circuit court hearing on Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West’s motion to impound ballots and voting machines is scheduled for noon today.

West, whose status as an outspoken conservative and frequent cable TV guest has drawn him legions of admirers and critics nationwide, is in a nationally watched election race with Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy.

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