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Allen West Has (Almost) Been Defeated, Because Communists

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) (L) arrives for a meeting with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 31, 2011 in Washington, DC. Gingrich met with about 20 freshmen Republican members of Congress and discussed ways to repeal the healthcare reform law, which he calls "Obamacare." With his eye on the 2012 GOP nomination, Gingrich also advised the freshmen to avoid a government shutdown during budget negotiations but to also to hang on to their principles. Allen West.

Michele Bachmann may have just barely survived last night, but a fellow member of the Insane Republican Congressman caucus, Florida's Allen West, looks like he's just barely headed to defeat. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, but with some provisional and absentee ballots yet to be counted, West trails political newcomer Patrick Murphy by .74 percent, or 2,456 votes. Murphy's campaign has declared victory, while West has yet to concede and is demanding a recount in one county which he claims has shown "hostility and demonstrated incompetence." However, in Florida, recounts are triggered when the winning margin is .5 percent or less, not when a candidate wants one really bad.

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