PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) - One of the biggest potential surprises to come out of this election is the congressional race for the District 18 seat where Democrat Patrick Murphy has declared victory over incumbent Allen West. But West's camp isn't giving up without a fight.
UPDATE, WED 4 PM: The West camp filed legal actions in both St. Lucie and Palm Beach Counties asking for an injunction to impound all the voting equipment.
At the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections office, the canvassing board asked to seal all the ballots until a judge makes a ruling in the case. There is an armed deputy on guard.
When the unofficial results were tallied, Murphy had a 2,400 vote lead. West's camp is asking for a full hand recount of all ballots.
The West team also went after Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker saying Tuesday night was complete chaos in her office, going so far as to call her incompetent. "I'm very disappointed with that, that it would have to be personal, and someone would actually call someone incompetent. That's a low blow," said Walker who's been in her position more than three decades.
An attorney for the West team in West Palm Beach had no comment. An attorney for the Murphy camp in Ft. Pierce also had no comment.
As for Congressman West, he never turned out to greet supporters at his election night party, and his camp says he won't make a comment until all the results are confirmed.
The unofficial voter tally has to go up to Tallahassee by Sunday, so any recount would have to be done before then.
UPDATE, WED 12 PM: Allen West has just released a statement that suggests this race is far from over; even though, the actual vote count shows Murphy in the lead.
West's campaign manager, Tim Edson, released the following statement regarding the results:
It wasn't until very early Wednesday morning Murphy learned he came out with more votes than Allen West.
But not all the votes in Palm Beach County have been counted. The race was pretty close; though, in fact, there were only a couple thousand votes separating the candidates.
However, this could lead to a possible recount or challenge since the race is still so close.