— Following the certification of election results in Congressional District 18 showing that Patrick Murphy has officially won the election and is outside a recount margin, the Florida Democratic Party issued the following statement:
STATEMENT FROM FL DEMS CHAIR ROD SMITH:
"The Florida Democratic Party once-again congratulates Congressman-elect Patrick Murphy on his now official election victory over Tea Party Titan Allen West. Throughout Florida, the citizens of our state sent a decisive message to both Washington and Tallahassee that they are sick of the broken, Tea Party extremists epitomized by politicians like Rick Scott and Allen West and want a new direction for our politics. Patrick is a rising star in our party who is standing up for the middle class families of Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie, and he will be a strong voice for the people of his district in Congress."
Florida Democrats have now officially picked up four congressional seats — roughly 50-percent of the number of Democratic pickups made nationwide.
See also: Palm Beach Post, "Murphy wins."