District 18 U.S. House election results remain unfinished in St. Lucie County, West pushes recount

Unofficial results show Murphy lead

FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- - Poll workers in St. Lucie County continued their efforts on Friday to count the final votes in the 2012 election, revealing Patrick Murphy remains ahead of Allen West in the race for the U.S. House District 18 seat.

A handful of people inside the tabulation center thumbed through provisional ballots for hours on Friday, as campaign staff from both Murphy and West watched over the process.

"I'd say we're 75 percent on the way to figuring out if we're going to have a recount," said Jason Torchinsky, an attorney representing West.

Torchinsky said there are two issues occurring in St. Lucie County. He want to know how many people signed in to vote compared to how many actually voted. Torchinsky also said there are more card in machines than the number of votes.

"Which means there's about 400 pieces of paper that are in the voting machines that are not yet explained," said Torchinsky.

An injunction was also field on behalf of West that could push a judge to force the supervisor of elections to impound all paper ballots and voting machines.

"Well you know, that's a matter for the courts. It's been filed in the courts and we'll abide by the decisions of the court," said Gertrude Walker, the supervisor of elections of St. Lucie County. "We're just doing the work of the canvassing board."

Walker disputes the West campaign's claims that machines impacted the results.

Patrick Murphy also responded to the move by the West campaign and filed a motion to intervene on Friday morning. His lawyer urged the judge to deny West his court order.

Look, We were ready to put this campaign behind us. We were hearing from so many voters, calling us, Republicans and Democrats that were upset with the way Allen West was handling this and want to move forward so that's what we want to do as well," said Murphy.

The West campaign said it is confident a judge will hear their request in the coming week.

If a judge orders a recount, the St. Lucie County supervisor of elections said it would take place on Wednesday if ordered to do so by a judge.

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