(TCPalm) Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West is not backing down on his decision to contest District 18 election results in St. Lucie County.

The Palm Beach Gardens Republican Saturday made one of his first public appearances since in Tuesday’s election when he spoke at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum’s annual muster.

Tight-lipped before the event, after it he said he hopes Democrat opponent Patrick Murphy’s lead for the congressional seat was not caused because “some people double-counted ballots up here in St. Lucie County.”

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