State and national Republican Party officials are getting behind Rep. Allen B. West’s call for a recount of all early votes in St. Lucie County, Fla., saying it would be “unconscionable” not to answer lingering questions about the results, which show the outspoken GOP lawmaker trailing Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy.
The latest count shows Mr. West about 1,900 votes behind Mr. Murphy, but the incumbent points to problems with St. Lucie, where officials have already recounted ballots from three days of early voting, but where Mr. West wants a full count. The race remains one of just a handful of House contests from the Nov. 6 vote that are not formally decided.
The congressman has gone to court to ask for the full recount, and his case is slated for a hearing on Friday.
“The supervisor of elections owes it to the people that elected her to count all of their votes that were cast early in the 2012 election cycle,” Florida Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry said in a statement Thursday. “She has already admitted there was a problem with the counting process and announced she would count all the votes. It makes no sense to arbitrarily cut off the counting process before it was finished.”
Mr. West’s complaints about the race are beginning to gain broader attention, with Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner dispatching auditors to examine voting in St. Lucie.
Mr. Curry’s statement came a day after Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus issued his own statement supporting Mr. West’s call for an early-ballot recount, saying that’s the best way to convince voters the election was fair.