Florida Rep. Allen West is threatening a Bush v. Gore-style legal brawl after a county election official admitted “mistakes” in his still uncalled race. [...]
Naturally, the biggest uproar surrounds West, whose legal team has launched an assault on the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections, accusing officials of gross incompetence. At issue is the office’s handling of early votes, which West’s lawyers argue were accidentally double-counted on election night and provided a winning margin to Democratic candidate Patrick Murphy, who leads the congressman by nearly 2,000 votes.
“The whole St. Lucie Board of Elections is straight out of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard,’” Chris LaCivita, West’s hard-charging strategist, said in an interview.
Conservative activists are joining the battle on behalf of their tea party hero.
“Every legal vote must be counted for Allen West!” the Tea Party Leadership Fund wrote in an email asking supporters to contribute to West’s cause.
But West’s supporters aren’t the only ones frustrated with the St. Lucie County elections board and its supervisor, Gertrude Walker. The Florida secretary of state’s office announced this week that it is launching an audit of the county’s vote-tabulating process, saying that it was “concerned” about the results. A report was expected to be completed as soon as Friday.
And even Walker has confessed her department made errors. In a news conference, she said officials had shown “too much haste” in trying to get complete results to the public on election night and that “mistakes were made.” She also acknowledged there was an initial problem in feeding voting machine memory cards though the office’s tabulating system.