Lawyer in Ranked Race Fight Calls Opposition ‘Sour Grapes’

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A lawyer for the winner of the first ranked Congressional race in U.S. history says a push for a new election is the product of "sour grapes" by the loser.

Democrat Jared Golden defeated Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine in the first race to use a ranked style of voting. Poliquin won the first round of voting, but Golden pulled ahead when second-choice ballots were counted.

Poliquin requested a recount Monday. He has been critical of the ranked method, which he has described as a "black box computer algorithm."

http://www.sunjournal.com/goldens-lawyer-calls-poliquin-suit-sour-grapes/ Peter Brann, a lawyer for Golden, entered a legal filing on Wednesday calling the effort "sour grapes" and an "extraordinary attempt to overturn" the outcome.

Poliquin's camp didn't immediately return a phone call on Friday.

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