In Effort To Keep Seat In Congress, Allen West Spent $18M

CBS Miami

WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/Herald) – Rep. Allen West spent nearly $18 million to keep his job.

The Florida congressman spent $17.8 million trying to hang onto a seat in Congress, more than four times as much as did the Democrat who beat him, Patrick Murphy, according to federal campaign finance records released Friday. (It took two weeks and urging by his colleagues for West to concede the race, which was not close enough to trigger an automatic recount.)

CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald reports the West-Murphy race to represent the Palm Beach County-based seat was by far the most expensive congressional race in Florida, where pricey television markets bump up the cost of running for a seat, and where a national figure like West can tap a vast fundraising network in a bid for office.

It was also the most expensive House race in the country. Just two House members raised…

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