Allen West Concedes Congressional Race

After two weeks, Rep. Allen West throws in the towel.



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Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida abandoned his fight to retain his House seat Tuesday.

After two weeks of recounts in Florida's 18th congressional District, West conceded to Democrat Patrick Murphy.

"While there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results, and the actions of the St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections rightly raise questions in my mind and for many voters, after much analysis and this past weekend's recount in St. Lucie County, our legal team does not believe there are enough over-counted, under-counted or fraudulent votes to change the outcome of the election," West said in a statement.

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After all the ballots in the district were first counted and Murphy looked to be the winner, West fought for a recount of early voting ballots in St. Lucie County. But over the weekend, the recount made it clear Murphy's win was even more decisive as he lead by more than 2,000 votes.

West was elected to Congress in 2010 and quickly rose to become a national Tea Party figure famous for his headline-making comments and uncanny fundraising abilities. In the 2012 cycle, West raised more than $17 million, outraising Murphy four-to-one.

"Allen's intense love of God and country has electrified our Republican team and we have benefited from his passionate leadership. Allen will be greatly missed as both a friend and colleague, and I wish him and his family all the best as they pursue a great legacy of public service for all Americans," said Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

West, 51, didn't say what he plans to do now, saying "only God knows what is in store for each of us."

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He did vow, however, to "continue to fight for our republic."

Murphy had already declared victory on election night and reportedly has not received a concession call from West's campaign. He did congratulate Murphy in his public statement.

"I pray he will serve his constituents with honor and integrity, and put the interests of our nation before his own," West said.

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Lauren Fox is a political reporter for U.S. News and World Report. You can follow her on Twitter or reach her at