A Florida canvassing board decided to begin counting this morning all 37,379 ballots from early voting in the race between  Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West and Democrat Patrick Murphy.St. Lucie County’s decision, split 2-1, is at least a temporary victory for West, who trails Murphy by less than 2,000 votes in the race for Florida’s 18th District seat covering St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties.”We are pleased the Canvassing Board has done the right thing for the voters of St Lucie County by agreeing to a retabulation of early votes,” said West in a press release. “All we have been fighting for since the very beginning is to ensure the citizens of this county have their votes accurately and fairly counted.”

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