The Allen West for Congress campaign issued a press release on Nov 20 conceding defeat. The official statement addressed concerns raised during the vote counting:
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, undercounted or fraudulent votes to change the outcome of the election.
Not all of Allen West’s supporters are in agreement with his legal team that the results of the election can’t be changed. The New American has been in contact with a number of Allen West’s grass-roots supporters and Tea Party members in the South Florida area. Some of them are suspicious that large numbers of voters, some of them perhaps non-citizens or non-existent people, had been registered to vote in last-minute voter registration drives in this year’s elections, not only in Allen West’s district, but across the country. They saw Allen West’s tough stand as an opportunity to get a court order making the list of voters who voted in this election immediately available. Such a list could be used to identify how many voters were legal voters, how many voter registrations had accidental inaccuracies, and how many might be fraudulent. By obtaining this list and acting on it immediately, it would be hard for anyone to explain all but a minute percentage of any phantom voters discovered to be “voters who have moved or died since the last time they voted.” This is the excuse used frequently when voter registrations are found to be invalid.
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Photo of former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.): AP Images