To the surprise of very few, freshman Rep. Jared Golden (D-Lewiston) has officially eschewed overtures that he challenge Sen. Susan Collins (R), and announced he will run for re-election to his 2nd District House seat.
Mr. Golden was elected through the state’s controversial Ranked Choice Voting system, an instant run-off that gives people who supported losing candidates extra votes. The original election count found Golden losing to then-Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R) by two percentage points, but the Congressman had only plurality support. When the Ranked Choice votes were added to the mix, from those voting only for the losing candidates, Mr. Golden was able to cobble together a majority coalition.
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