…Westward. Fellow HASC member Allen West (R-Fla.), following partial vote recounts, concedes on Nov. 20 that he lost the Nov. 6 election to Democrat Patrick Murphy. West, a one-term congressman and favorite of the Tea Party, says in a statement: “While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.” He adds: “While a contest of the election results might have changed the vote totals, we do not have evidence that the outcome would change.” West, a retired Army officer who served in Iraq, has been an outspoken supporter of military spending. He has pushed legislation to force President Barack Obama to create a plan to stop so-called sequestration cuts to defense spending in a way that Republicans favor.

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