Skip to comments.RNC chairman calls for full recount in West-Murphy race
Posted on 11/14/2012 2:36:43 PM PST by smoothsailing
November 14, 2012
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is echoing Rep. Allen West's (R-Fla.) call for a full recount of early ballots in his race, offering a rare show of support for a Republican lawmaker still locked in a yet-undecided race.
"The voters of Florida's 18th Congressional District deserve to have their ballots counted properly. Congressman Allen West has asked election officials in St. Lucie County to count all early voting ballots, and I strongly urge them to do so in order to erase any existing concerns about irregularities in the tabulation process," said Priebus in a statement.
St. Lucie County officials recounted only three days of early ballots, which they say were initially affected by a machine malfunction.
That recount caused a shift in the number of votes counted in the final tally, a result that prompted West's campaign to file a complaint in a county circuit court requesting an injunction to force St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker to recount all eight days of early ballots.
Florida secretary of state, Ken Detzner, announced Tuesday that he would send three auditors to St. Lucie County to investigate voter tabulation and machines that led to skewed results.
West remains .58 percentage points behind Murphy in the most recent tally of votes, just short of the .5 percentage point threshold required to trigger an automatic recount.
Murphy declared victory this past weekend, and is currently attending orientation activities with new members of Congress. West is also on the Hill for the lame-duck session of Congress.
But result of the race will not be officially certified until Friday.
Priebus' engagement in the race reflects the national attention it has been given. It's one of five House races nationwide that have not yet been called, but Priebus has not yet weighed in on the other four.
But the RNC chairman said in his statement that the recount is "not about any one candidate," but rather about "preserving and proecting the integrity of our democratic system."
"Regardless of the outcome, voters have the right to know
It’s our turn to call RACIST!!! on this.
What? Did Reince finally grow a pair?
They have to recount the Ft. Pierce mayors race, so they might just as kill 2 birds with one stone and recount the West/Murphy ballots at the same time. This could get interesting..
Reince was a good operative in Wisconsin, helping Scott Walker and Ron Johnson get elected. I’ve wondered what happened to him in such a short time in DC.
This is an encouraging sign. West needs the support of the main Party.
The Democrats in Florida could care less what this leader of the losers wants.
The RNC/ John Boehner have some stroke here. The House could refuse to choose to NOT seat the fraudulent “winner”!
The Ft. Pierce mayor’s race recount is going on right now. Actually it may be over, it started earlier today.
About freaking time. RNC, grow some spine for crying out loud. Fight this crap wherever it’s found.
He sure took his sweet appple time.
What’s going with the McSally/Barber race?
You are pretending to believe that a Republican will actually stand up and do the right thing.
I stopped believing in the tooth fairy, Santa Claus and the republican party.
I only voted for 1 Republican this past election. There were 18 on the ballot. I live in a red district. I instructed my family on the ‘proper’ way to vote.
I no longer believe in the Republican party. KMA
Prince Reibus needs to RESIGN immediately for forcing that pathetic shape shifter MYTH ROMNEY down our throats.
Now he’s making noise like he gives a rats ass about what the communists are doing to Allen West in Palm Beach.
He will do NOTHING to stop the theft of Allen Wests seat.
The RNC are nothing but a bunch of degenerate country club blue blood banker types with greedy pulled back wives, and this guy Priebus is typical of the group, fat , dumb, and happy no matter who sits in the WH while us working types take it in the shorts from the Federal Apparatus.
I’m not up on that one. Last I heard McSally was behind.
Wow, that will really scare the snot out of those Bolsheviks.
Well It’s about freakin’ time! Why to these idiots wait so GD long?!?
Please call the RNC etc and tell them to get a backbone and to demand that this corruption be investigated, that republican votes should count etc
Now if only Boehner would step up and declare that unless there is a full open recount in the St Lucie he will ...... what am I thinking???
BTW Sharpton's NAN is down there for the recount in the mayoral race but they are not calling for a recount in the West race. Then why are they down there??? Could it be to make sure that a recount does not happen???
Also heard that the SoE discovered 1186 fresh uncounted votes before Sunday's recount and votes still fell by 800 votes. They just can't do anything right in St Lucie.