GQjock said...but West (FL) looks like republican toast
Umm.. maybe not. Remember, recounts in Republican-controlled Florida don't follow the usual rules. And once again, we are the last State where the Presidential outcome has not yet been decided.
Republican Governor Rick Scott did his best to restrict voting, reducing the days for early voting. Especially eliminating the Sunday before the Tuesday election day, which previous years had shown was used mainly by minority voters, presumed favorable to Democrats.
You could vote Saturday this year, but not Sunday, as in other elections? And could vote on the previous weekdays, but when people work, and when they aren't usually given time off like for the traditional Tuesday? Huh? Fortunately other voter ID restrictions Scott tried to impose were resisted by county election officials, who in Florida have a great deal of autonomy.
So I would take a challenge by Allen West seriously. In Florida he might pull it off. Or at least delay the seating of a Democrat in the US House for months.
As was done for 6 months in 2008 with Sen. Al Franken (D) of Minnesota, denying Senate Democrats a filibuster-proof supermajority until June, 2009. And a month later Sen. Ted Kennedy died, dropping the Dems back below a supermajority, which the Republicans used to block Obama legislation.
West has likely lost. But this tactic can deny a House seat to Democrats for months. And so I wouldn't be surprised if the Republican Party pursues it, despite the monetary cost to Florida taxpayers, and the loss of a voice in Congress for that district.