Allen West plumbed the gutter to new depths in the meanest nastiest race in this election cycle (and one of the more expensive races with the candidates spending $23 million). West's sleazy smear tactics weren't enough to make him an attractive choice by comparison. Voters in West's district were fed up with his antics.
Rep. Allen West loses reelectionI expect West will raise a stink because that's who he is.
By Alexandra Jaffe
Despite out-raising Murphy nearly 5-to-1 and launching biting attacks on the Democrat, West fell short by just over 1,000 votes, with 97 percent of Florida's 18th District reporting, according to MSNBC.
West, a Tea Party favorite, had not conceded, and it was unclear whether he would request a recount.
The race produced particularly memorable ads, with West using Murphy's mug shot from an underage drinking incident in one and a political action committee backing Murphy using a caricature of West punching elderly women and taking money from a family in another.