Election officials in Florida are recounting some early votes cast in the hotly contested race for the state’s 18th district’s House seat between Tea Party favorite Rep. Allen West and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy.


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The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board began the partial recount Sunday morning and results have yet to be reported.

The number of early ballots in the county is estimated by officials to be roughly 37,000.

West, a Republican who has refused to concede the race, is trailing Murphy by 2,442 votes, according to the latest results from Florida Division of Elections. On its website, the agency says West has garnered 164,448 votes to Murphy’s 166,890.

Although the unofficial count reported to the state Saturday gave the win Murphy, at a margin outside the threshold for a recount, St. Lucie County agreed to a limited recount to settle concerns over a problem processing some of the early ballots. Election officials said they were taking the step “out of an abundance of caution.”


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