Congressman Allen West Concedes Florida Race

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After two weeks of re-counting ballots in court, Rep. Allen West has given up his fight to remain in Congress.

The first-term Florida Republican conceded the race Tuesday to Democrat Patrick Murphy.

"While a contest of the election results might have changed the vote totals, we do not have evidence that the outcome would change," West, 51, said in a statement.

West congratulated his opponent, saying "I pray he will serve his constituents with honor and integrity, and put the interests of our nation before his own."

Meanwhile, Murphy said he was humbled by West's "gracious concession" and expressed eagerness to work as Florida's new representative.

"To those who supported my opponent, my door is open and I want to hear your voice," the 29-year-old said in a statement.

"I campaigned on a message of reaching across the aisle to get things done for the people of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches, and that is as important in this district as it is in Washington," he added.

West is best known for his fiery speeches and off-the-cuff comments -- among them, calling the majority of congressional Democrats "communists."

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