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Poliquin Files for Recount in Maine Congressional Race



    Democrats Pick Up Another House Seat in Maine

    A Democrat who finished behind Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin in the first round of balloting has come from behind to flip the seat in the second of its two U.S. House races in Maine.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018)

    Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin has requested a recount in Maine's historic election in which his Democratic opponent won, thanks to ranked balloting.

    The recount, formally requested by Poliquin on Monday, is expected to take about a month, meaning there will be a race to ensure it's completed before Democrat Jared Golden is seated on Jan. 3.

    Officials say the recount will be more laborious than a traditional election because candidates are ranked on the ballots. State Police will be tasked with collecting, delivering and guarding the ballots.

    Poliquin had the most first-round votes on Election Day but his lead didn't hold up after an additional round under ranked-choice voting.

    Golden emerged victorious after two trailing candidates were eliminated and their supporters' second-choices were reallocated.

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