Allen West trails by even more votes after recount

The odds of Rep. Allen B. West (R-Fla.) prevailing in Florida's 18th District race grew longer Sunday when a recount of early ballots yielded Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy a net gain of nearly 300 votes, expanding his lead over the incumbent to more than 2,000 votes

A St. Lucie County recount resulted in Murphy gaining 274 votes, the Associated Press reported. Murphy's campaign continued to claim victory, while West's campaign refused to  give in just yet, the AP also reported. But the Republican's options appear to be limited. His deficit is outside the automatic recount threshold, and time is running out. 

"We will review the results of today's recount and the other available data to determine how to proceed," West said in a statement Sunday. 

If Murphy is officially declared the winner, Democrats will have picked up seven seats in the House this cycle, with one race outstanding in the district of Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.).

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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