In what could be considered one of the biggest upsets in the South Florida elections, Democratic candidate for Florida’s District 18 narrowly beat Tea Party star Allen West. But the conservative is now taking matters to court, demanding a recount.
The first of two injunction hearings for recounts in St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County will be at 5 p.m. today, according to TCPalm.
Murphy leads West by 2,456 votes, which puts him ahead 50.4 percent to West’s 49.6 percent.
In light of the legal battle ahead, Murphy has sent out an e-mail blast asking constituents to contribute to his campaign as they’ve virtually ran out of funds after the election.
“When other campaigns have been faced with similar situations, they have been burdened with legal bills and lengthy and expensive fights that could go on for weeks -- months even,” Murphy writes.
“We would not be asking for more funds if it was not so urgent. We threw everything we had at winning in the last few days,” Murphy writes.
According to OpenSecrets.org, West raised a campaign war chest of $15 million total; he’s still got $3.5 million in the bank. Murphy, on the other hand, raised $3.3 million total. As of September 30, he had $471,000 on hand.
If he spent the majority of the remaining funds in advertising on the last seven days of the campaign, as he claims, that leaves him pretty much empty handed for the court battle.
West is known for making outrageous remarks. On one occasion, he said LGBT workplace discrimination doesn’t exist in the U.S.
"That don’t happen out here in the United States of America," he told ThinkProgress.