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Patrick Murphy to run against Rep. Allen West in new district

Democratic candidate Patrick Erin Murphy announced he's going to challenge Rep. Allen West in the newly proposed 18th congressional district, which includes Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.
"Allen West can run, but he can't hide,'' Murphy blogged in announcing his decision to pursue West.
West announced last week he was leaving his current 22nd congressional seat, which is being redrawn as more favorable to Democrats as part of the redistricting process, in order to run in the district further north that is being vacated by fellow Republican Tom Rooney, who is going to be running in a different seat further north.

"West abandoned his constituents to seek what he believes is a more politically favorable ground in a neighboring district," Murphy blogged. "Sorry, Allen, there is no safe district for you.

Murphy said he's got support from fellow Democrats, locally and nationally.

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