Feeling the sting of a fresh wound from the presidential defeat, many conservatives were shocked by the results in the congressional race for Florida’s 18th District.
Patrick Murphy announced his victory shortly after NBC called the race in his favor at about 1:27 am.
According to wptv News Channel 5,
As of 2:20 a.m., with 99 percent of precincts reporting Murphy is leading U.S. Rep. Allen West. Murphy has 159,959 votes to West’s 157,578. That’s a difference of 2,381 votes. Percentage-wise that’s 50.37 percent to 49.63 percent.
West and his family watched the results in private at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina in Stuart. In front of the crowd of West supporters was State Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who updated those gathered for the victory party at the same resort. He sent them home close to midnight.
News Channel 5 reported,
“There are about 30,000 votes, absentee ballots in Palm Beach County, not all in this congressional district, but in the entire county,” Negron said at 11:45 p.m. “They’re the ones that have to be manually done because of some errors. So we will not have those final numbers in tonight.”
“In addition, there are several precincts in St. Lucie County that are delayed and they’re still counting. We will not have those numbers until tomorrow. …in all likelihood, we will not have final results in this race until at least tomorrow, or perhaps even Thursday.”
If the vote is within .5 percent it triggers an automatic recount. But as of 2:15 am. the vote was outside that limit.