Freshman Republican Rep. Allen West (Fla.) is locked in a tight race with Democrat Patrick Murphy as the two competed in one of the nastiest races in the nation, according to MSNBC election projections.
West, despite out-raising Murphy 5-to-1, trailed by less than 3,000 with 100 percent of Florida’s 18th District reporting, according to MSNBC.
West, a Tea Party favorite, has not conceded, and it is unclear whether there will be a recount. Florida law requires a recount if the margin is 0.5 percent or less of votes cast.
Like a magician freeing himself from a box filling with water, Rep. Jim Matheson escaped with his political life once again Tuesday to earn a seventh term in Congress.
The Democratic congressman claimed victory shortly after midnight in a hard-fought victory over Republican Mia Love after trailing in the polls going into Election Day. In so doing, he becomes the first representative from Utah’s new 4th Congressional District.