(CNN) - Despite a declaration of victory from Rep. Allen West's Democratic challenger, the bitter and expensive race for Florida's 18th congressional district remained unsettled on Saturday.
The state released new unofficial vote totals on Saturday following the noon reporting deadline. Those preliminary numbers showed Democrat Patrick Murphy, who is vice president of an environmental cleanup firm, with an edge of about 2,400 votes among 331,000 ballots cast.
Basically, Mr. West has alleged that there has been massive voter fraud and election fraud from his district since election night. In reading over both sides of the story, it seems as if his team feels that they weren't allowed to watch the recount and that votes seemed to materialize out of nowhere.
I do wonder how this is going to resolve. Will he concede? How far will he take it? Will he show up on Capitol Hill next term and need to be escorted away by the police? Or will he just bog this down in endless lawsuits until he runs out of money?
The bit that makes no sense to me is that if the Board of Elections for St. Lucie County were that corrupt in such a tight race, wouldn't [u]someone[/i] squawk? Surely even in an impartial Board of Elections, the individual workers are either Democrats or Republicans. The entire Board would have to be full of not only Democrats, but dishonest Democrats to keep such a conspiracy under wraps.
Frankly, I'm surprised that this didn't happen more. I was sure that the race would be tighter nationally and that the GOP would immediately blame fraud and refuse to concede. I have to hand it to Mr. Romney... he may have delayed a half hour, but he did concede and call for unity, as did most of the other defeated GOP candidates. But I am not surprised that it is Mr. West who is choosing to stick with ideology over reality.