FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Allen West's camp filed a lawsuit seeking a manual recount in St. Lucie County, after his campaign manager, Tim Edson, released a statement on the election results -- results that favored his opponent, Patrick Murphy.
The statement said West maintained a "district-wide lead of nearly 2000 votes until the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections 'recounted' thousands of early ballots."
The Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker said results don't count until all the ballots are in.
"The count was never final at any point during the whole process until the final," she said. "So there was never a point where someone led."
Final numbers were a long time coming, after problems with voting machines' memory cards forced workers to re-run early ballots, and one of the 65 precincts' ballots didn't come in until after midnight.
Precinct 89, Tradition Town Hall, reportedly had poll workers that left the machine and locked the building, but when we asked Walker why, she said she didn't know why that happened.
West's camp called the scenario "complete chaos," saying these were "disturbing irregularities."
"The process could be described as chaos," explained Walker. "You have that many people involved, they're all doing their job. Everyone was where they were supposed to be."
Walker said. her office has never had to manually recount every ballot.
"That hasn't been ordered in this county before," she said. "It's been ordered in other counties. So the judge has the discretion to do that. And if he does, we'll do it!"
If a recount is granted, the unofficial results have to be sent to Tallahassee by this Sunday. Walker said it would be a quick turnaround to recount all of the ballots manually, should it be required.
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