At his Colorado Avenue office, the Palm Beach Gardens Republican kept his message positive and wove military quotes into his seven-minute address. In the District 18 race that fielded almost $24 million among the candidates and outside groups, West fell by 1,904 votes to his Jupiter Democrat foe.
"The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph will be," West told supporters. "So don't come here tonight crying over your barbecue. Come here tonight and understand that at this place, at this time, there will be an awakening that will go forth all across the United States of America."