The Washington Post

A Florida judge on Friday denied Rep. Allen West's (R-Fla.) request to recount ballots in St. Lucie County, dealing another setback to the congressman's effort to overcome an apparent defeat in last Tuesday's election.

Despite President Obama's win, black candidates lost seven of eight competitive House races -- all by very small margins.

He trails by more than 2,000 votes with basically every vote counted, but his campaign is threatening to sue.

Two-thirds of the incumbents who lost on Tuesday fell in large part because of redistricting.

Campaigns are ratcheting up their rhetoric. Here are a few that we've seen in recent days.