GOP firebrand West refuses to concede; Fla. says Murphy's vote count outside recount range

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Associated Press

Posted on November 10, 2012 at 12:04 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republican Congressman Allen West is refusing to concede even as the state says he lost his re-election bid to Democrat Patrick Murphy by 2,442 votes.

In a complete though unofficial tally of votes reported today, Murphy maintained a lead outside the parameters of an automatic recount. West's campaign said he would not concede until St. Lucie County allows him to examine poll records to satisfy his concerns about votes being miscounted.

Murphy, a Democratic newcomer, had 50.4 percent of the vote.

West, a freshman Republican, is a tea party favorite with a national profile.

A judge denied the court order West sought to impound ballots and voting booths.

The race was the most expensive House contest in the country and one of both parties' top targets.

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072-w-31-(Tony Winton, AP correspondent, with Circuit Judge David Crow, Shari McCarthy, attorney for Congressman Allen West, R-Fla., and Gerald Richman, attorney for Democratic candidate Patrick Murphy)--A Florida judge says he won't order ballots impounded in the election battle involving Republican Congressman Allen West, who trails his Democratic challenger. AP correspondent Tony Winton has more. (10 Nov 2012)

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074-a-04-(Palm Beach Circuit Judge David Crow, in court)-"motion is denied"-Palm Beach Circuit Judge David Crow denies Congressman Allen West's motion for an injunction. ((longer version of cut used in wrap)) (10 Nov 2012)

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073-a-13-(Palm Beach Circuit Judge David Crow, in court)-"I know of"-Palm Beach Circuit Judge David Crow says Congressman Allen West's lawsuit is improper while ballots are still being counted. (10 Nov 2012)

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075-a-06-(Shari McCarthy, attorney for Congressman Allen West, R-Fla., to reporters)-"what it is"-Shari McCarthy, the lawyer for Republican congressman Allen West, says it's too early to talk about any concession. ((cut used in wrap)) (10 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO FLJC102: Shari McCartney, the lawyer for Rep. Allen West, talks on her phone outside the counting area at the Palm Beach Election Board in Riviera Beach, Fla., jFriday, Nov. 9, 2012 as election day ballots are still being counted. A request by West to impound ballots and voting machines was denied Friday, setting an uncertain path forward in his quest for re-election. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) (9 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO FLJC108: Kenneth Spillias, the lawyer for candidate Patrick Murphy, talks to the media, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 in West Palm Beach, Fla. after a court hearing for Rep. Allen West. A request by West to impound ballots and voting machines was denied Friday, setting an uncertain path forward in his quest for re-election. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) (9 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO FLJC103: Palm Beach county election workers count ballots from election day in Riviera Beach, Fla. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. A request by Rep. Allen West to impound ballots and voting machines was denied Friday, setting an uncertain path forward in his quest for re-election. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) (9 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO WX113: FILE - This Oct. 4, 2011 file photo shows Rep. Allen West, R-Fla. during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. West is still fighting for votes two days after Election Day. But now, he's doing it in the courtroom. West is the tea party idol from South Florida who found himself 2,456 votes behind Democratic rival Patrick Murphy in Tuesday's unofficial tally. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File) (4 Oct 2011)

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APPHOTO FLJC101: Patrick Murphy, the Democratic candidate for Florida's 18th Congressional District, talks to supporters during a "thank you" tour of his district, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Election Day has come and gone and Republican Rep. Allen West is still fighting for votes — in the courtroom. West, the freshman tea party-idol struggling for re-election in South Florida, found himself 2,456 votes behind Democratic rival Patrick Murphy in Tuesday's unofficial tally. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) (8 Nov 2012)

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