Tea party freshman Allen West is giving up his fight to remain in Congress after two weeks of recount battles in court.
The first-term Republican says in a statement Tuesday he has conceded the race to Democrat Patrick Murphy. Murphy is a 29-year-old political newcomer.
Murphy has held the lead in the race since the wee hours of Election Night, but West's campaign questioned the voting results in South Florida's District 18. After several appearances in court and two partial recounts in St. Lucie County, West says his fight is over.
West leaves Washington as one of the best-known figures of the tea party wave elected to Congress in 2010. He made national headlines with fiery speeches and off-the-cuff comments that roused people of all political persuasions.