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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:58 PM

Romney Concedes Florida; Meanwhile Alan West Wants Recount in Palm Beach County

Romney Aid Says Campaign Lost Florida

"....By Thursday afternoon, the state Division of Elections Web site said Mr. Obama led Mr. Romney 49.9 percent to 49.2 percent, with a difference of about 55,000 votes out of more than eight million votes cast. Several counties continued to count absentee ballots throughout the day. An official declaration is expected on Friday, and an Obama victory would give him 332 electoral votes to Mr. Romney’s 206.

President Obama is not the only Democrat waiting to be certified the winner in Florida. Patrick Murphy, who ran a tough, bitter race against Representative Allen B. West, appears to have won the vote count in a district that slices through Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties. If Mr. Murphy prevails, it would be a significant victory for the Democratic Party, which targeted Mr. West for defeat.

But Mr. West, the bombastic Republican who won in 2010 with Tea Party support and is a prolific fund-raiser, is demanding a recount in Palm Beach County. His campaign was scheduled to go to court Friday.

Mr. Murphy was ahead by 2,456 votes, a margin too wide to cause an automatic recount in the county. Military and provisional ballots were still being counted......"


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