allen west & patrick murphy

Allen West & Patrick Murphy

*There’s just something about this Allen West character … so it doesn’t surprise us that he’s fighting reality and won’t go away.

Yes, the soon-to-be former US Congressman from Florida has apparently lost his bid for re-election, but he’s fighting it.

In fact the Tea Party favorite is demanding more ballots be counted — and, in some cases, recounted.

Meanwhile, his opponent and apparent winner of the race, Patrick Murphy kicked off a tour of handshakes and thank-you’s Thursday celebrating the congressional seat he’s sure he has won.

West’s legal push for a recount was delayed Thursday evening when his hearing at Palm Beach County’s main courthouse was bumped to noon Friday. The Palm Beach Gardens Republican filed injunctions against the supervisors of elections in Palm Beach and St. Lucie to impound voting machines and ballots. West didn’t target Martin County, where he won by almost 11,000 votes.

The time and day of the St. Lucie hearing was not known as of early Friday morning.

Holding onto a razor-thin edge with all precincts reporting, Murphy started a three-day, three-county “thank-you” tour Thursday at his Palm Beach Gardens headquarters. The Jupiter Democrat said he was confident with his lead in District 18 and plans to go to Congress’s freshman orientation in Washington next week.

Read/learn more at WPTV.