“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,” West said in a statement.
After all the votes in the 18th District were initially tallied, Murphy held a slight lead over West, but his margin wasn’t slim enough to trigger an official recount. The Republican pressed on though, raising questions about ballots in St. Lucie County. A weekend recount of early ballots there actually added to Murphy’s lead, leaving West with little in the way of remaining options.
“I appreciate Congressman West’s gracious concession today,” Murphy said in a statement. “To those who supported my opponent, my door is open and I want to hear your voice.”
The end of the race in Florida’s 18th District means Republicans now hold a 234-200 advantage in the House, with one yet-to-be-determined race in Rep. Mike McIntyre’s (D-N.C.) district. McIntyre appears to have defeated his Republican challenger there by a slim margin, but the contest may be headed to a recount.