WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) â€” Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West is refusing to concede, even though the state of Florida says he lost his re-election bid by 2,442 votes.
The state reported its complete but unofficial tally on Saturday in the 18th District race. There are still a handful of overseas and military ballots outstanding, but under Florida law, recounts are based on Saturday's results.
Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy won enough votes to avoid an automatic recount. West's only option now is through the courts.
West is a tea party favorite known for his strong criticism of President Barack Obama and other Democrats. He maintains that voting irregularities in St. Lucie County need to be investigated before he concedes.
West still could contest the election if misconduct or fraud might have changed its result.
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