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SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

Patrick Murphy Claims Victory, Despite Lingering Recount Drama

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Although Florida’s 18th Congressional District has yet to be officially called in favor of Democrat Patrick Murphy, he sure is “taking it like a champion.”  Shortly after the initial recount in St. Lucie County boosted him ahead of Allen West, Murphy took the stage at his victory party in West Palm Beach to accept what he believed his hard-fought win.

While Murphy’s acceptance speech was indeed thoughtful and gracious towards his supporters, there was no forgoing the patronizing attitude that both candidates held towards each other throughout the entire campaign.

“Allen West was quite a character to run against, and I’ll keep it at that.  And hopefully that’s the last time I ever need to mention his name, too,” Murphy said of his opponent.  He left it short and sweet, yet it the midst of a potential recount, there was certainly no ‘forgiving and forgetting’.   Instead, Murphy has maintained his portrayal of West as an extremist caricature.  According to Politico, Murphy claimed his win to be “a signal that voters were tired of the extremism West represented.”

Over the weekend, Patrick Murphy scoffed at West’s allegations of election fraud in St. Lucie County, claiming that he was ready to just move on.


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