West, Murphy race still undecided
The race for a spot in the U.S. House of Representatives between incumbent Rep. Allen West (R) and Democrat Patrick Murphy remained too close to call Wednesday.
Murphy had declared victory shorty after 1 a.m., but Allen has yet to concede. Allen is requesting a recount, according to Politico. The two men are vying for a seat representing District 18, which covers areas of South Florida.
The Florida Department of State Division of Elections reports Murphy with 50.4 percent of the vote and West with 49.6 percent.
The Palm Beach Post said provisional and absentee ballots are yet to be counted, but Murpy’s campaign manager said the outstanding ballots were not enough to change election results.
West joined the House in 2010, and was elected as part of the tea party wave.
Murphy has no prior political experience but previously served as vice president of Coastal Environmental Services, a construction group affiliate that specializes in environmental disaster repairs.
Kelsey Meany wrote this story for online.
More Stories in Florida
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced funding for the third and largest phase of early restoration projects to combat the Deepwater Horizon (BP) Oil Spill of 2010 on Oct. 7. Although $100 million was allocated to Florida by the Deepwater Horizon [...]
Now that the harvesting season is over, researchers are starting underwater studies to determine the state of scallop populations at 10 sites along the west coast of Florida.
The Florida Department of Corrections partnered with the Florida National Guard to hire veterans and military personnel who are unemployed. These specialty hiring events last all day and are open to all branches in the Florida National Guard and Reserves.
A panel of four met to discuss Amendment 2 and medical marijuana at a Tuesday night forum on the University of Florida Campus. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell and former Florida House Speaker John Mills dominated the forum as they debated each other about legislation language and the need for medical marijuana.
The Ocala City Council voted to repeal an ordinance banning saggy pants on city property. The controversial ordinance met with criticism from the NAACP.