Virulently anti-gay Florida House Rep. Allen West has conceded defeat in an extremely close race against 29-year-old Democrat Patrick Murphy.
Over the past two weeks early votes in the contested district have been recounted and West has conceded that he can't surmount Murphy's lead.
See West's statement after the jump.
West tells Politico:
“For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly. We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process. While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election...
“Serving the people in the House of Representatives has been among the highest honors of my life, but this seat does not belong to me, or for that matter, to any individual. It belongs to the people. I want to congratulate my opponent, Patrick Murphy, as the new Congressman from 18th Congressional District. I pray he will serve his constituents with honor and integrity, and put the interests of our nation before his own."
West has been outspoken in his anti-gay beliefs and has called Obama supporters "a threat to the gene pool." He also encouraged Obama and other liberals to "get the hell out of the United States of America."
Clearly he's a charmer.
Don't let the door hit ya, Allen!