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Allen West Spent $18 Million On Failed Campaign In 2012 Election

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Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) paid the price for his failed campaign to serve another term in the House of Representatives.

The controversial congressman, who didn't concede the race in Florida's 18th congressional district until two weeks after the election, spent $18.1 million on his campaign, according to Politico.

Democrat Patrick Murphy defeated West in the contest.

West was elected to Congress in the 2010 midterm election. Over the past few years, the congressman was no stranger to ruffling feathers with his penchant for making inflammatory remarks.

West recently compared himself to Abraham Lincoln, who was only in Congress for one term. Suggesting you may not have seen the last of him in the world of politics, he said, "Look, you know, God closes a door so that he can open up greater doors. I will continue to, you know, stand up and fight for this country. That's my goal."

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