Allen West concedes election: ‘This seat does not belong to me’

Early Tuesday Congreallen westssman Allen West released the following statement ending the race for Florida’s 18th District:

“For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly.  We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process.  While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.

 While there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results, and the actions of the St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections rightly raise questions in my mind and for many voters, after much analysis and this past weekend’s recount in St. Lucie County, our legal team does not believe there are enough over-counted, undercounted or fraudulent votes to change the outcome of the election. 

 While a contest of the election results might have changed the vote totals, we do not have evidence that the outcome would change.  Given the extremely high evidentiary hurdles involved in a successful challenge, I will not ask my generous supporters to help fund a drawn-out, expensive legal effort with little chance of success. Therefore, we will not contest the certification or challenge the seating of Congressman-elect Murphy.

 Serving the people in the House of Representatives has been among the highest honors of my life, but this seat does not belong to me, or for that matter, to any individual.  It belongs to the people. 

 I want to congratulate my opponent, Patrick Murphy, as the new Congressman from the 18th Congressional District. I pray he will serve his constituents with honor and integrity, and put the interests of our nation before his own.

 I must thank my wife Angela, and my daughters Aubrey and Austen for their support, patience, understanding and most of all, love. These are three of the toughest women I know. They have sent me off to defend our nation overseas at war, and to Capitol Hill to serve our nation in the House of Representatives. They have all handled the challenges of these last few months, and the last many years, with amazing grace. I know they will be by my side for whatever is our next chapter.

 I want to thank my congressional and campaign staff for their service, and most importantly, I want to thank all of our tremendous supporters who provided their time and money to power our campaign. I am humbled by the dedication and perseverance of our supporters, and their commitment to a free and prosperous America.  I cannot thank them enough for all they have done for our campaign, but most importantly, what they have done, and will continue to do for our country.  None of us should let the outcome discourage us. We should only redouble our resolve. 

 Above all, I want to thank God for his blessings, and for blessing me with the opportunity to serve.

 Only God knows what is in store for each of us. I have dedicated my life to serving this nation, and the results of this election will not change my purpose. Just as I did in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, just as I did on Capitol Hill, I will continue to fight for our Republic. 

 Our nation will not overcome our challenges overnight, and the road ahead for each one of us will not be easy. But this nation would never have become that shining beacon of light if our founders had chosen the easy path 236 years ago.  We all must proudly continue their legacy.

 For the protection and preservation of our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, I shall remain steadfast and loyal.  God bless you and God bless these United States of America.”



22 thoughts on “Allen West concedes election: ‘This seat does not belong to me’

  1. barbara pressley says:

    I sure would like to see a man like you in the White house you have more brains and backbone than anyone I have seen in a long,long time , best wishes to you and all the ones like you , our system is so messed up that jesus christ would never be considered to any office , Unless he showed himself to be for free everything and no freedoms ever again . Thanks again mr west for all your service in the Milatary and for Standing up for the people who still beleive in the USA and all the papers our fore Fathers wrote for us.

  2. Libertylady says:

    His concession speech shows us what we know already, that Allen West is a class act, unlike his petty, childish, pompous, preening, dishonest, eminently unqualified opponent. Allen, your service is not done, and I look forward to seeing how God will use your character nad integrity in the future.

    I now have no representation. Patrick Murphy and his ilk mean to RULE, not to represent. And the Dims have their eye on the House for 2014, so if we don't want to live in a communist dictatorship, we had better figure out how to keep it in 2014. That means paper ballots and a change in how the elections departments are run.

    I suggest a law that specifies that the elections departments be staffed in direct proportion to the party membership in the county, as temp positions, paying slightly more than minimum wage, with minimum benefits, no retirement, and a term no longer than 2 years. Such staff would have had to be a member of the respective party for at least 10 years, to prevent changing of party and stacking the staffing deck. Something has to be done, or the republic is truly lost.

  3. allenhip says:

    The senior vote did West in WHY:

    Once the seniors found out he was supporting the Ryan Medicare Plan with a voucher health care system the RINOS and others dumped him.

    Also the RNC Platform did not help him, along with signing on to the Pigford bill…..

    The bottom line was the issures did him inThe senior vote did West in WHY:

    Once the seniors found out he was supporting the Ryan Medicare Plan with a voucher health care system the RINOS and others dumped him.

    Also the RNC Platform did not help him, along with signing on to the Pigford bill…..

    The bottom line was the issues and along outrages remarks did him in.

  4. Ruth Becker says:

    Mr. West, You can hold your head high and be proud of the way you have sincerely devoted yourself to this country.

    I respect the way you handled the results of the election and in your statement accepting the results. You are a most sincere and honest person and I hope that you will be on scene again and again. I am proud to be an American and I know you are too.

  5. Rich says:

    His campaign advisers did him wrong.

  6. Linda Lee Grau says:

    When the best this nation has to rely on loose their elections, what does that say about the decine of the US? We will decline spiritually, economically, loose our standing in the world at large until we reach bottom. The political cycle known to freedom lovers tell us what we must go through: spirituality, freedom &liberty, prosperity, abundance, complacency, apathy, bondage, slavery, and then, again spirituality. Am I missing anything? Men and women of charcter carry on to improve the human condition. United States member of the House of Representatives Allen West is a man of character. Representative Allen West has integrity. His wife and daughters support him. Freedom lovers everywhere ache for the loss yet we know he will come out on top. God bless you Allen West. Your options await you. LLG

  7. Linda Lee Grau says:

    Is there a way to correct the spelling in the aforementioned comment? The first "decline" and the first "character" are each missing a letter. LLG

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