The Maine instant run-off system, more than a week past the primary election, has finally declared a winner in the Democratic primary. First place finisher Janet Mills, the state’s appointed Attorney General, will now officially face businessman Shawn Moody (R) in the general election.
It appears, however, that all other six candidates were eliminated in order to produce a majority for Ms. Mills. Her final victory count is reported as 54-46% over businessman Adam Cote, who also finished second in the primary. The ranked voter system requires the state officials to continually drop the last place finisher and then disperse that candidate’s ranked votes to the others until someone wins with majority support.
With more than a week of post-election counting, the instant run-off system did not change the original primary order.
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