This sore loser would rather look like a horse’s behind than accept defeat. This tells us a lot about his true character…
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) may be vowing that his race against Patrick Murphy is far from over, but as of early Saturday morning, all ballots were counted and legally the result is clear: West lost.
Murphy won a total of 166,799 votes to West’s 164,370, the Palm Beach Postreported. That puts Murphy ahead by 2,429 votes and gives him a 0.7 percent advantage. Florida law only requires a recount when the margin is 0.5 percent or less.
Palm Beach County officials were up until 4:45 a.m. Saturday counting all remaining ballots cast during early voting, on Election Day, absentee ballots and other problematic ballots, the Palm Beach Post reported.
The race in Florida’s 18th Congressional District still hasn’t been officially called. Palm Beach officials must submit their results to state officials for them to become official, but Saturday’s final vote tally all but ensures the race is over.
Murphy already declared victory on election night and NBC called the race for him that night, but West still hasn’t conceded. In addition to declaring on his Facebook page that the race is “far from decided,” West filed lawsuits to have ballots and voting machines impounded in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. The judge in Palm Beachthrew the case out on Friday, though, telling West’s lawyers that their arguments fell “woefully short” of what was required for an injunction. A St. Lucie judge is slated to hear West’s case on Tuesday.
A West campaign spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
Murphy’s campaign is ready to move on.
“As expected, the election night results have been confirmed, and it is time to put the campaign behind us,” Murphy campaign spokesman Anthony Kusich said in a statement. “Patrick looks forward to representing the treasure coast and palm beaches in Washington and working with both parties to get Florida back to work.”
Casual Saturday at TFC…
Need an extra Obama fix? Pete Souza, the tireless official White House photographer, has you covered—and his intimate pics will make your heart burst. Behold:
All photos by Pete Souza, White House photographer. Click on the photos to see the source image.
Many uninformed voters and political pundits believe that the GOP led Congress had a mandate this election, hence their retention of a majority inin the United States Congress. Not so…
In November 2010, I reported that GOP control of all elements of state government in key swing states—including but not limited to Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania—could ensure a “Republican decade” in control of the House of Representatives. The Democrats’ massive 2010 losses couldn’t have come at a worse time for the party. Because the census was taken in 2010, GOP control of state legislatures and governors mansions around the country gave Republicans the power to draw congressional district lines largely as they chose. They seized that chance, aggressively gerrymandering so as to protect Republican incumbents and endanger any remaining Democrats. The Dems would have done the same thing, of course, had they won control of these crucial states in 2010. But they didn’t.
On Tuesday, the GOP cartographers’ hard work paid off. Despite sweeping wins for Democrats in US Senate races and a broad Electoral College victory for President Barack Obama, it was clear early in the night that Republicans would hold on to the House. As Slate‘s Dave Weigelnoted, “ridiculous gerrymanders saved the House Republican majority.” In many states the president won convincingly, Democrats elected a minority of the House delegation. Here are the numbers for states that Obama won or came close and where Republicans drew the congressional map:
- North Carolina, which Obama lost by around 2 percentage points: 9-4 GOP
- Florida, which Obama won by around half a percentage point: 17-10 GOP
- Ohio, which Obama won by nearly 2 percentage points: 12-4 GOP
- Virginia, which Obama won by around 3 percentage points: 8-3 GOP
- Pennsylvania, which Obama won by more than 5 percentage points: 13-5 GOP*
- Wisconsin, which Obama won by 6 percentage points: 5-3 GOP
- Michigan, which Obama won by 8 percentage points: 9-5 GOP
It goes to show that when you get to choose the ground on which electoral battles are fought, you’re very likely to win them.
Josiah’s team didn’t win but they recieved trophies for coming in second place in the Gwinnett Youth Football League for six year olds! We are very proud of our little guy and his team. Their record of 12-0 regular games still stand and overall record: 13-1.
Isaiah will play in the GFL Turkey Bowl in about 3 weeks. :)
We love our little guys.
Good luck to my grandson Josiah Toure’ and the entire six year-old team of the Lawrenceville Black Knights-Football league. They’re fired up and ready to play!
Grandma knows they’re gonna win the “Ship” because they are 12-0 for the season!!! GO BLACK KNIGHTS!
This little guy is awesome…in every way.
So are his brothers:
Isaiah age 11