After losing his constitutional federal lawsuit to strike down Maine’s instant run-off system, known as Ranked Choice Voting, Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Oakland/Bangor) has ended the full recount he requested of last month’s vote.
The recount process was about half complete, but Poliquin was gaining no significant number of votes. On the first vote, the Congressman finished ahead by just under 2,000 votes, before the RCV system then placed him about 3,500 votes behind Rep-Elect Jared Golden (D-Lewiston). Under the system, if no one receives majority support those who voted for the last place candidate then has their second and sometimes third ranked choice count toward the overall result.
Now, Mr. Poliquin must decide if he will appeal the unfavorable federal court decision that effectively ended any real opportunity for him to regain the seat for the coming term.
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