Tea Party wingnuts went insane this afternoon thinking that Florida’s St. Lucie County in FL failed to finish their court-ordered recount by today’s noon deadline, prompting Patrick Murphy’s campaign to claim final victory over Rep. Allen West.
Crazed GOP West supporters stormed into the St. Lucie election office screaming, “Count our votes!” While West’s lawyers raced to a judge’s office to demand an injunction against the state deadline all for nothing as St. Lucie election officials are saying that the deadline was met and that Patrick Murphy actually gained votes in the recount.
Under Florida law, the final certified results were due from all of the state’s 67 supervisors of elections today. If the results do not arrive on time, the certified unofficial results submitted last Sunday stand. Those results have Murphy winning by 0.58 percent. A spread of less than 0.5 percent would have triggered an automatic recount. “Today at noon, it became clear Patrick Murphy will be officially certified as the next congressman from the 18th Congressional District,” Anthony Kusich, Murphy for Congressman campaign manager, said in a prepared statement issued around 12:40 p.m. “The voters have spoken and Patrick Murphy is once again the clear winner. It is beyond time to put this campaign behind us and put the interests of the people of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches first.”
Murphy campaign senior advisor Eric Johnson was quick to reaffirm victory. “As far as we’re concerned, this puts an end to it,” Johnson said. “The West people demanded a recount. They got that retabulation and Patrick Murphy gained a margin of 242 votes. “This election is over,” Johnson added. Mowery said the final count was 65,841 votes for Murphy and 52,704 for West.
This may signal the end for Alan West. But Florida is still and will remain to be the laughingstock of the country when it comes to voting regulations and voters rights.