November 07, 2012 at 1:41 pm
In a district that leans Republican by 2 percentage points, Jupiter Democrat Patrick Murphy has St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties’ voters to thank for his lead against Rep. Allen West.
Only consistently red Martin County performed up to its billing for West.
By 6 a.m., with 100 percent of precincts reporting a winner still had not been officially declared. Murphy garnered 160,328 votes to West’s 157,872. That’s a difference of 2,456. Percentage-wise, that’s 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent.
West, who stormed into Congress on the 2010 Tea Party wave, has not conceded the race yet.
Wednesday afternoon lawyers for both Murphy and West arrived at the tabulation center.
West has filed a motion for injunctive relief to “count paper ballots (in Palm Beach County) and to impound voting machines.” Read here.