Stuart, FL – Today Congressman Allen West released the following statement ending the race for Florida’s 18th District:

“For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly.  We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process.  While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.

While there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results, and the actions of the St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections rightly raise questions in my mind and for many voters, after much analysis and this past weekend’s recount in St. Lucie County, our legal team does not believe there are enough over-counted, undercounted or fraudulent votes to change the outcome of the election. 

While a contest of the election results might have changed the vote totals, we do not have evidence that the outcome would change.  Given the extremely high evidentiary hurdles involved in a successful challenge, I will not ask my generous supporters to help fund a drawn-out, expensive legal effort with little chance of success. Therefore, we will not contest the certification or challenge the seating of Congressman-elect Murphy.

Serving the people in the House of Representatives has been among the highest honors of my life, but this seat does not belong to me, or for that matter, to any individual.  It belongs to the people. 

I want to congratulate my opponent, Patrick Murphy, as the new Congressman from the 18th Congressional District. I pray he will serve his constituents with honor and integrity, and put the interests of our nation before his own.

I must thank my wife Angela, and my daughters Aubrey and Austen for their support, patience, understanding and most of all, love. These are three of the toughest women I know. They have sent me off to defend our nation overseas at war, and to Capitol Hill to serve our nation in the House of Representatives. They have all handled the challenges of these last few months, and the last many years, with amazing grace. I know they will be by my side for whatever is our next chapter.

I want to thank my congressional and campaign staff for their service, and most importantly, I want to thank all of our tremendous supporters who provided their time and money to power our campaign. I am humbled by the dedication and perseverance of our supporters, and their commitment to a free and prosperous America.  I cannot thank them enough for all they have done for our campaign, but most importantly, what they have done, and will continue to do for our country.  None of us should let the outcome discourage us. We should only redouble our resolve. 

Above all, I want to thank God for his blessings, and for blessing me with the opportunity to serve.

Only God knows what is in store for each of us. I have dedicated my life to serving this nation, and the results of this election will not change my purpose. Just as I did in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, just as I did on Capitol Hill, I will continue to fight for our Republic. 

Our nation will not overcome our challenges overnight, and the road ahead for each one of us will not be easy. But this nation would never have become that shining beacon of light if our founders had chosen the easy path 236 years ago.  We all must proudly continue their legacy.

For the protection and preservation of our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, I shall remain steadfast and loyal.  God bless you and God bless these United States of America.”


  1. My heart is broken. I continue to applaud Congressman West for his courage and his character. I stand with him and will support him in whatever way he may choose to serve America. God bless those who stood with him in this valiant fight, and may God bless The West family. Dear God, please bless America.

  2. We know what happened this election nationwide, few states require voter id as Florida does. The unions loaded people up, bought them food and cloths then drove from place to place and voted obama.
    In Florida they organized a huge early voting campaign for all the democrat districts, advertised heavy on the air, offered rides to the polls then ran out of ballots early evening on the day when republicans were getting off work to go vote.
    Many waited until midnight and just gave up, went home without voting.
    Fox news declared obama the winner early evening before many people even got to vote, what’s the use?

    • HERE, HERE ! ! !
      Col. West; while we are SINCERELY grieved by th’ loss of both YOUR seat as well AS that of O U R ( ! !) White House, we understand and applaud your concession. It takes MORALS and FORTITUDE for one to concede defeat in such a cause!
      N O W … as the lady above asked … WHERE DO WE DONATE ?!?| 😉
      WELL DONE, Colonel West ! ! Our very B E S T wishes to you and yours for a Most H A P P Y THANKSGIVING ! !
      GOD _B L E S S_ O U R ( ! ! ) A M E R I C A ! ! SEMPER FI !

  3. May God Bless this fine gentlemen. We honor your service to this country. We will all stand in judgement one day and our actions will be revealed.

  4. The election system is broken.If we cant have honest elections uncorrupted by voter fraud, then we no longer live in a free country.

  5. Build your “militia” and keep going. The truth will eventually be revealed. God Bless you Col. West. You have more support than even you realize.

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  7. May God bless you Congressman West and your family, and may He give us the wisdom to help our country through these difficult times. I have supported you during this campaign and will continue to support you in whatever endeavors lie ahead. Thank you for your years of service to our great nation.

  8. Dark days are ahead for the Republic. It truly saddens me that after sacrificing my youth and health to this nation for 25 years, that this is the America I finally get to come home to after fighting for so long for ideals that too many American’s no longer believe in.

    The fight is not over however, and just beginning. As economic conditions continue to deteriorate, and further incursions on our individual rights and liberties fade, and our monetary policy sinks us into unimaginable debt…we may be called upon once more to take up the banner of freedom.

  9. This is just one defeat. Many more successes will come your way, whether with your regaining your house seat in 2014 or in some other form, such as leading the nation to resolve the fraud and intimidation that has existed in our voting system. I applaud your tenacity and puruit of truth.

  10. A true patriot and a wonderful gentleman. I am heartbroken for your loss and for our loss. It was an honor and a pleasure to volunteer for your campaign. I wish you and your family nothing but the best. I am sure our paths will cross again.

  11. This is too sad.
    I am tired of being sad.
    Please Allen, stay loud and clear, as we will too.
    God bless every effort you have made.
    I love you, as so many do..

      • We’ll work to get him elected President (if Obama doesn’t collapse our economy in the next 4 years)—However, given the huge # of incidents of voter fraud, we MUST go back to paper & pen ballots and hand-counting with 10 voters to win the lottery to watch the count in every precinct. (We can add more precincts) A voting machine and tally machine can now be manipulated by a cell phone from up to a block away from the precinct!! We can’t trust the system anymore!! It will take 36 hrs to get them counted, but at least we will ALL know it represents those who legally really did cast their votes!!!

  12. Col. West, thank you once again for your service to our Republic. Please get a few days rest, and enjoy the holiday blessings with your family. Then; please READ your above campaign logo ….and COME West, Sir, OKLAHOMA is not that far away!!!

    God speed. Joann Balfour, Oklahoma City

  13. One reason liberals are so afraid of and will take any means necessary to stifle and defeat public figures such as Allen West, Mia Love, Herman Cain and many other fine black conservative’s from attaining office. Is because the democrats need to hold blacks down and beholden to their ballot box. Liberals will continue playing the race card and pushing class warfare as a means to divide and conquer. Ultimately, their goal is to enslave all of us. In their Machiavellian mind’s the means (no matter what) will always justify the ends!
    This liberal strategy of holding down black people is akin to training fleas: You put a bunch of fleas in a jar and put a lid on it, some will try to escape only to find it is impossible. After awhile you can actually remove the lid and none of the fleas will even bother to try escaping. As in the aforementioned case the “Jar” would be the liberal plantation!

  14. Another sad day in America. Congressman West, you have no idea what you have meant to so many of us. Summed up in one word…..AMERICA.