Patrick Murphy

8:44 am
Wed December 26, 2012

After Beating Allen West, House Freshman Faces New Fight

Rep.-elect Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., speaks during a news conference introducing 37 of the newly elected House Democrats at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 13.
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Of the eight new seats that Democrats picked up in the House of Representatives in November, four of them come from Florida.

Democrats were aided by a big turnout for President Obama, plus new rules that helped erase a Republican advantage in how districts are drawn in the Sunshine State.

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District 18 Recount
7:04 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Allen West Drops Recount Fight, Concedes Race To Democrat Patrick Murphy

The Winner: District 18 Democrat Patrick Murphy

Congressman Allen West has given up. According to an early post from Politico, the one-term Tea Party favorite from South Florida has acknowledged there's no way he can overcome Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy's 1,904-vote victory margin in District 18, which spreads over St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties.

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The House
11:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Fighting To Undo Loss To Patrick Murphy, Allen West Plays All The Angles

Never Say Concede: Allen West, above, refuses to acknowledge losing to Murphy, below, who's already in Washington for rookie Congressman orientation.
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One of South Florida's leading constitutional scholars says U. S. Rep. Allen West is likely to lose his fight to recount the votes in District 18 and regain the seat he appears to have lost to Democrat Patrick Murphy.

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