Allen West Demands Recount in Florida

And Alan Grayson is returning to Congress

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 7, 2012 4:43 PM CST

(Newser) – Political firebrand update: One on the right is in trouble, and one on the left is back in Congress:

  • Republican Allen West is demanding a recount in Florida. He trails Patrick Murphy by about 2,500 votes but refuses to concede, citing "disturbing irregularities" at the polls. Murphy has declared victory, and a judge will have to decide whether West's request has merit, reports the National Review. Among other things, West has said Congress is filled with commies.

  • Democrat Alan Grayson, on the other hand, is going back to Congress. The progressive who once said Republicans' health plan amounted to a wish for Americans to "die quickly" easily won his own Florida race. Grayson lost big in the Tea Party wave of 2010 but trounced his GOP opponent this time around by 25 points, reports the Huffington Post.

Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., might be on his way out.
Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., might be on his way out.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Democrat Alan Grayson is headed back to Congress.
Democrat Alan Grayson is headed back to Congress.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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