A Florida judge on Friday denied Republican Rep. Allen West's last-ditch bid for a recount of early-voting ballots in the close and ugly re-election race he is losing to Democrat Patrick Murphy.

West's effort to wrest the race from Murphy, who is leading in a race that has yet to be officially called, now goes to the St. Lucie County elections board, which was scheduled to review his complaint late Friday.

It was unclear when it would rule.

Florida Elects Two Openly Gay State Lawmakers

Nov 14, 2012

On Election Day this year, Florida went from having zero openly gay lawmakers in the state Legislature to two. David Richardson won a seat in the Florida House representing Miami Beach and Joe Saunders won a seat representing a part of Orlando. Both men are openly gay.

Up until last week, Florida was the biggest state in the U.S. to have never elected an openly gay person to office in their state Legislature. 

Voting Rights Group Wants More Access to Early Voting

Nov 13, 2012

Florida finally finished counting its ballots for president on Saturday, but voting-rights advocates say their struggle is just beginning. A coalition of unions and advocacy groups Monday announced a push for reforms to the state's voting system. 

They blamed the Republican-controlled Legislature and Governor Rick Scott for cutting access to the polls – especially for minority voters.

Many Floridians waited for hours to vote, and many were not able to do so.

Gov. Scott Election Reaction

Nov 9, 2012

Now that Election 2012 is over, Gov. Rick Scott is talking about the reelection of President Obama and the boost it gave Democrats. Scott says the country needs to unite as he looks ahead to his own reelection bid in 2014.

Gov. Rick Scott spoke to reporters as he was about to board a flight. He says the federal government should take a cue from Florida.

Counties Still Counting: Two Down and Two to Go

Nov 9, 2012

Miami-Dade and now Broward county have finished counting votes. But absentee and provisional ballots are still being tallied in other counties.

Elections officials in Palm Beach, and Duval counties are still counting ballots. Those counties must have unofficial results to the state by noon on Saturday.