Republican Gov. Paul LePage of Maine took a measured shot on Friday at the Democratic candidate’s victory in a very controversial House race for Maine’s 2nd congressional district, writing “stolen election” next to his signature on the certificate that confirms the election result.
According to Fox News, LePage certified the victory of Democratic Rep.-elect Jared Golden after Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a two-term Republican congressman, conceded to his opponent on Christmas Eve following a contentious legal challenge.
“I’ve signed off on the [Maine’s 2nd congressional district] election result as it’s no longer in federal court,” LePage wrote in a tweet, attaching of the certificate with the phrase “stolen election” next to his signature.
“Ranked Choice Voting didn’t result in a true majority as promised-simply a plurality measured differently. It didn’t keep big money out of politics & didn’t result in a more civil election,” he added.
I’ve signed off on the CD2 election result as it’s no longer in federal court. Ranked Choice Voting didn’t result in a true majority as promised-simply a plurality measured differently. It didn’t keep big money out of politics & didn’t result in a more civil election #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/0fEhD1dvAb
— Paul R. LePage (@Governor_LePage) December 28, 2018
The controversy over the race stems from Maine’s “ranked-choice” electoral system, where, if no candidate receives an outright majority of the votes, a second tally is triggered. In that case, the second and even third choices of some voters are added to the total count.
The Republican initially received about 2,000 more voters than the Democrat, short of the outright majority. But Golden managed surge ahead of Poliquin after second preferences from ballots supporting two other independent candidates were re-allocated.
The incumbent congressman claimed that the system was unconstitutional and requested that the courts either declare him the winner or order another election be held.
In November Golden had this to say after filing a lawsuit in regards to the election Results, ““It is now officially clear I won the constitutional ‘one-person, one-vote’ first-choice election on Election Day that has been used in Maine for more than 100 years,” he said. “We will proceed with our constitutional concerns about the rank-vote algorithm.”
However as noted above by Governor Lepage above he signed off on the [Maine’s 2nd congressional district] election result because it was no longer in federal court.
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