Despite having clearly lost his bid to be reelected to the U.S. House of Representatives, tea party Republican Allen West just doesn’t want to honor the democratic process.
Firebrand Republican Rep. Allen West was defeated by Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy, according to the state’s vote count Saturday, but the incumbent won’t concede.
The state issued complete but unofficial results showing Murphy with a lead of 2,442 votes, or 50.4 percent. That’s beyond the half-percent margin needed to trigger an automatic recount. A handful of overseas and military ballots remain outstanding, but under state law the decision for a recount is based on Saturday’s count.
Rep. West has refused to concede the election based on his allegations of misconduct on the part of elections officials and fraud on the part of voters, without providing a shred of evidence to back up his claims.
To be honest, I’m not a bit surprised that Allen West is refusing to concede his election, because he doesn’t strike me as the type who’d be anything but a sore loser.