Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West's request for a recount of more than 37,000 ballots contesting the apparent victory by Democrat Patrick Murphy has been denied.
A St. Lucie County judge denied the order after hearing arguments Friday afternoon, saying that he didn't have the proper authority to order a full recount.
Unofficial returns show Murphy ahead of West by just over 1,900 votes in the 18th District. That includes parts of Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties.
A conservative favorite with a national following, West has refused to concede. His attorneys claim problems with counting of early votes in St. Lucie County are enough to warrant a full recount in that county.
Counties must file certified election results with the state by noon Sunday.