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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:26 PM

Florida certifies victory for House newcomer (Patrick Murphy over Allen West)

Source: The Hill

The state of Florida certified congressman-elect Patrick Murphy (D) as the winner of his race against incumbent Rep. Allen West (R).

“As expected, the Election Night results have been confirmed. It is now time to put the campaign behind us. I am honored that the voters of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches have chosen me to be their voice in Congress. Regardless of whether they voted for me or my opponent, I am committed to representing the interests of all residents of Florida’s 18th Congressional district in Washington,” Murphy said in a Saturday statement.

West had raised concerns about the vote. The Tea Party freshman sent a letter to a Florida elections board supervisor on Thursday that said he might take legal action over what he termed “discrepancies” at the polls.

The vote gap between Murphy and West was too large to trigger a recount.

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Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/blog-summaries/267213-florida-certifies-victory-for-dem-house-newcomer

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Reply Florida certifies victory for House newcomer (Patrick Murphy over Allen West) (Original post)
highplainsdem Nov 2012 OP
hlthe2b Nov 2012 #1
ffr Nov 2012 #2
politicasista Nov 2012 #3
cyclezealot Nov 2012 #4
Spitfire of ATJ Nov 2012 #31
heaven05 Nov 2012 #5
BlueToTheBone Nov 2012 #6
spartan61 Nov 2012 #17
Joey Liberal Nov 2012 #25
Ikonoklast Nov 2012 #7
Blue4Texas Nov 2012 #26
Paulie Nov 2012 #8
Loge23 Nov 2012 #9
xtraxritical Nov 2012 #32
muriel_volestrangler Nov 2012 #10
Skittles Nov 2012 #11
SDjack Nov 2012 #15
SCVDem Nov 2012 #12
xtraxritical Nov 2012 #33
TheCowsCameHome Nov 2012 #13
Indpndnt Nov 2012 #14
caveat_imperator Nov 2012 #16
Anthony McCarthy Nov 2012 #18
SemperEadem Nov 2012 #49
BadGimp Nov 2012 #19
AAO Nov 2012 #24
bread_and_roses Nov 2012 #36
AAO Nov 2012 #47
blue sky at night Nov 2012 #51
AAO Nov 2012 #20
fifthoffive Nov 2012 #21
99th_Monkey Nov 2012 #22
Up2Late Nov 2012 #23
elleng Nov 2012 #27
Thinkingabout Nov 2012 #28
left on green only Nov 2012 #29
Swede Atlanta Nov 2012 #30
wordpix Nov 2012 #44
Spitfire of ATJ Nov 2012 #34
Hokie Nov 2012 #50
Spitfire of ATJ Nov 2012 #53
sakabatou Nov 2012 #35
Spitfire of ATJ Nov 2012 #37
Loge23 Nov 2012 #40
Spitfire of ATJ Nov 2012 #41
Loge23 Nov 2012 #42
patrice Nov 2012 #38
nolabels Nov 2012 #39
wordpix Nov 2012 #43
SaveAmerica Nov 2012 #45
SaveAmerica Nov 2012 #46
helpisontheway Nov 2012 #48
MNJon Nov 2012 #52
Melinda Nov 2012 #54
azurnoir Nov 2012 #55
Mr.Bill Nov 2012 #57
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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:29 PM

1. YES!!!! Good on you, Florida (for once)... and screw you, Allen West

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:31 PM

2. Whoot! Awe-----some, awesome!



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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:32 PM

3. Cool!

Adios West and your smirky gap.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:49 PM

4. west acts like a spoiled brat

and a sore looser. Anyone surprised. ?

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:50 PM

5. yeah

west was creepy. looked like some I knew at VA in the 70's. Lot of self hate and loathing with demons plaguing them every day. scary.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:05 PM

6. Alan Grayson back and Allen West GONE

Good luck, Congressman Murphy!

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Response to BlueToTheBone (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:01 PM

17. Music to my ears!

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Response to BlueToTheBone (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:54 PM

25. I love it!

Huzzah!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:09 PM

7. Whom The Gods Would Destroy, They First Make Mad.

Step 1. Done.

Step 2. Pending.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:56 PM

26. He's been mad (insane) lol

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:16 PM

8. Yay

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:32 PM

9. Oddball ex-congressman won't give it up

West won't go away gracefully - no surprise there, he doesn't do anything gracefully.
He's now planning to sue St. Lucie county and it's all but certain that he will within the 10 day window that he has to file.
West and his psycho followers are making the rounds down here, doing little more than reinforcing the choice of the majority.
He ran in three (3) counties: Palm Beach. Martin, and St. Lucie. He was basically tied with Patrick Murphy in Palm Beach county, he took the always-red Martin roughly 60-40, but good 'ol St. Lucie, my home county, put Murphy over the top!
So West sues Palm Beach & St. Lucie! Yesterday, Palm Beach threw his motion in the garbage where it belonged.
But he still has 10 days to file in St. Lucie where he accused long-time, well-respected Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker (who was resoundingly re-elected herself on Tuesday, btw) of "incompetence".
Keeping it classy, as usual.
Damn Communists are out to get him!

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Response to Loge23 (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:31 PM

32. Alan West went South along time ago, what's wrong with Floridians to elect these jerks (Walker too)?

 

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:33 PM

10. K&R (nt)

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:37 PM

11. hit the road you teabagging piece of SHIT

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Response to Skittles (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:50 PM

15. Get a job--a real job, not slinging shit on FOX. nt

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:39 PM

12. AMF!

West is lucky we really don't have a HUAC!

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Response to SCVDem (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:32 PM

33. Are you kidding? He would be the chairman.

 

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:42 PM

13. Hedge-head gets trimmed. Beautiful.

Adios, Allen.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:45 PM

14. West is Sore Loser Man.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:59 PM

16. Crybaby west will never concede. Hopefully he'll never again be a congressman either.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks that west's definition of 'discrepancies' is Murphy getting more votes than he did.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:02 PM

18. Martha Davis and her Spouse said it best

 

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Response to Anthony McCarthy (Reply #18)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:16 AM

49. what an amazing find

I'm going to have to find out if she's got albums.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:09 PM

19. This IS as GOD has preordained it to be....

I can say that right?

Alan West is a victim of his own self righteous pride and hubris driven loud mouth.

NOTE TO DEMOCRATS: I hope EVERYONE remembers that MID TERMS are AS IMPORTANT as Presidential election cycles. Alan West and a bus load of Right Wing Extremist Tehadists rode in on the GOP Tea Party Express wave in 2010, while lazy, complacent and disapointed Democrats and Progressives sat back an complained about how Obama was not delivering on his promisses. The GOP played us like suckers and we let em.

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Response to BadGimp (Reply #19)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:25 PM

24. I agree with one qualification

 

The "lazy, complacent and disappointed (sic) Democrats and Progressives" is a description that applies to neither me, nor my family and friends, nor 90% of DU'ers.

This was a victory of common sense. To put it in concrete terms, this was a victory of fact over fiction.

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Response to AAO (Reply #24)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:09 PM

36. Nor is 90% of the electorate

Some posters* around here like to sneer at the electorate but what are people - people who have jobs (often 2 or 3 jobs), kids, school, aging parents to care for - in other words, no time to research issues and read entire Congressional Bills (as I have seen posters here exhort others to do) - what is the ordinary person to think when even NPR spouts nothing but the Beltway groupspeak and neoliberal economics?

It wasn't just "Democrats and Progressives" who put Obama over the top in '08 - it was union members - many of whom I know for a fact are neither Democrats nor progressive - it was young people and first time voters with no history by which we could judge them part of the Dem "base" or progressive. It was Greens and even some Rs voting against their own candidate. They voted for a vision. And they voted for accountability. And for two years nothing much happened, and most of all the calls - the yells, the rallies and signs in the streets and petitions and more rallies and and and to "make the Banks pay" - were ignored. For just once, people had a pretty clear understanding of just who had screwed them, and they wanted (figurative) blood. They wanted the Banksters to pay, and the people to get something back.

We all know what happened on that front. So no, the people who voted in (or by whatever omissions allowed to be voted in) the Teabaggers were not lazy and complacent, and disappointed is too weak a word. They were savagely angry, and had a right to be. That their anger was manipulated by the right does not vitiate that.

I worked on a losing Congressional campaign in '10 - one of the winners in the '08 sweep, a "moderate" Blue-doggish Dem who disappointed even those of us who knew in '08 (I worked that campaign for him too) that he was no Dennis K. and would have to be ridden and herded hard. None the less, and despite my own disgust with the lot of the Dems, I worked to keep the Teabagger out. We lost - like so many others.

We lost because we have a system that works to make sure that people think that the only road to change is to change the letter behind the critter in DC., that if you're unhappy with the state of affairs, vote the other way next time.

The Dems have no one but themselves to blame for '10. I just fervently hope they learned something from it.

*that does not necessarily refer to the poster to who's quote I am responding. The quote to which I am responding sneers at those of us who felt that Obama had not lived up to his '08 campaign - not necessarily the entire electorate. I went off on a tangent, as I so often do.

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Response to bread_and_roses (Reply #36)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:30 AM

47. Thank you for that footnote!!

 

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Response to BadGimp (Reply #19)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:29 AM

51. Please repost this......

everyday until the 2014 cycle ends!! amen brother!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:16 PM

20. Will he ever concede?

 

No, that would show weakness. In other words, he's nuts.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:17 PM

21. For West

Discrepancy = I didn't win

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:19 PM

22. I got spam email about this race, from West's campaign

it was sent prior to this announcement, casting doubt on the count.

I don't know how I got on their email list, but my gmail spam filter
put it in spam folder, which I check sometimes to make sure I'm
getting the ones I actually WANT to get. anyways... I admit to
taking some perverse delight in seeing these folks having to sleep
in the delusional bed they made for themselves.

Their desperation speaks volumes about how out of touch these
folks had/have become. I'm beginning to feel something like a real
sense of hope again for our nation, for the planet.

Things are definitely in flux, and change is in the air. Pot is even
legal now in two states. Who'd a thunk?

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:20 PM

23. Awesome!

So glad that guy lost!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:10 PM

28. This is the way back to sanity.

West is a little too much, he did not have governing abilities.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:11 PM

29. Does anyone living in those three counties have a good drycleaner that they can recommend.....

....to Flatop Freeper? He's going to need one now that he can no longer afford to wear his clothes only one time. He should also take a cue from The Wolf and begin to wear glasses like the ones that Rachel Maddow wears.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:22 PM

30. As much as I savor Rmoney and Lyin-Ryan's defeat.....

 

I don't know if it the defeat of West or Joe Walsh (Liar-Liar) from Ill. that gives me the greatest glee.

I think they are a tie for me. Had Michelle, my husband isn't a closeted homosexual (I can say this because I am a homosexual) been defeated it would probably have been a 3-way time.

Each of them in their own way have earned my total despite.

But goodbye Mr. West. You were a horrible, hateful, lying, evil man. When Obamacare is fully implemented in 2014 you will have access to mental health care treatment.

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Response to Swede Atlanta (Reply #30)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:57 PM

44. I was really hoping for Bachmann's defeat, too - maybe next time around

I'm all for women in Congress but that one, we definitely need to get rid of.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:03 PM

34. World Nut Daily and the Moony Times are claiming fraud....

http://www.wnd.com/2012/11/florida-vote-twist-more-ballots-than-voters/?cat_orig=politics

Link to the Moonie Times within that article.

Added on the end of that article is an update claiming Alan West is getting a recount on Sunday even though the margin didn't trigger one.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #34)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:20 AM

50. Is this legal?

No judge ordered this recount and the state count was certified yesterday. I have no idea how they can do this unless the Florida election law gives the counties discretion to recount on their own initiative. Something seems odd here.

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Response to Hokie (Reply #50)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:27 AM

53. Consider the source, it's probably pure fiction. WND was Birther Central.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:07 PM

35. Goodbye Allen. Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:09 PM

37. LOL!!! The Freepers are now claiming massive voter fraud!!!

Doesn't take long from their crap "news" sources to their crap site.

I bet some of their users are the writers of the crap posing as ordinary idiots.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #37)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:05 PM

40. Anything we say, they copy.

Now it's the voter fraud issue they go after, as if they ever had to.
After an absolute bald-faced attempt to suppress the vote, vanished repubs now shout voter fraud??!
When we called them on eroding Medicare, they simply turned the table and accused the left of doing the damage.
When they blocked a more robust stimulus, they accused the left of "failure" (even by every objective measure it was not).
They all looked away when 4486 Americans and over 100K Iraqis lost their lives for a lie, but scream bloody murder when 4 more die in Benghazi during a hostile attack.
Whatever works as reality, they try as their fantasy.

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Response to Loge23 (Reply #40)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:09 PM

41. These idiots claim all those people who stood in line for 8 hours during early voting,...

....came back on election day and voted again.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #41)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:46 PM

42. The only possible explanation...

...they came back to wait another 8 hours so they could get away from West's ad carpet bombing!
Mr. West, please - go away already!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:49 PM

38. Good Work! Happy Holidays, all! Celebrate community! & Families! nt

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:59 PM

39. So what is the score already?

Have us Democratic voters picked up some house seats? how many?

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:55 PM

43. YAY!!!!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:50 AM

48. I wanted Cantor and Ryan gone too but this

Is a start! One nut at a time!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:32 AM

52. AP, Fox and CBS Reporting recount in St. Lucie County

AP, Fox and CBS are reporting that Murphy was not certified yesterday by the State of Florida and that a partial recount in St. Lucie County began at 7:00 am EST.

Here's a link to the Miami CBS station:

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/11/10/west-remains-defiant-despite-new-election-results/

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Response to MNJon (Reply #52)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:55 AM

54. Try actually reading the article at the link you posted, please.

Do you get paid by the post? Is that why 99.9% of these type posts are just flat wrong?

From YOUR link:

"The state of Florida says Republican Rep. Allen West lost his re-election bid by 2,442 votes. West, however, refuses to concede."


West LOST according to the statement above.

Read it again:

"The state of Florida says Republican Rep. Allen West lost..."

Oh, and welcome to DU.

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Response to MNJon (Reply #52)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:36 PM

55. Fla. certifies Murphy winner over West (Published: Nov. 10, 2012 at 4:40 PM)

Florida elections officials Saturday certified Democrat Patrick Murphy as the winner in Tuesday's election over incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West.

The certification came one day after a Florida judge denied West's motion to impound ballots and voting machines for a possible recount. Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge David F. Crow ruled West's motion was premature because no official result had been announced.

West had raised the prospect of voting irregularities but the judge said there was no evidence any statute had been violated, the Fort Pierce Tribune reported.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/11/10/Fla-certifies-Murphy-winner-over-West/UPI-62991352583657/#ixzz2BwrLhMsy


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Response to MNJon (Reply #52)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 01:14 AM

57. His people are scrambling around trying to buy judges.

Don't underestimate them.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:43 PM

56. This will give him more time to ride with his biker gang

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