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Irwin Gratz / Maine Public

The campaign over a home health care initiative on the November ballot began Tuesday – with its opponents.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Maine Democrats rallied at the State House Thursday to show support for their nominee for governor, Attorney General Janet Mills.

The event was held roughly 10 hours after Mills' victory in a seven-way primary was confirmed, after a runoff vote in the nation's first statewide ranked-choice voting primary.

Mills will now face Republican candidate Shawn Moody, the founder of a chain of auto body repair shops who is touting his business experience. Moody has vowed to continue LePage's policy agenda.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Jared Golden has won the Democratic nomination for Maine's Second Congressional District Race. The Maine Secretary of State's office made the announcement Wednesday evening after the results from ranked-choice voting catapulted Golden into a clear majority, which he fell just short of on election night.

Golden garnered 49 percent of the the vote on election night, giving him a strong lead over runner-up Lucas St. Clair's 41 percent. After the ranked-choice voting count, Golden sealed his victory, with 54 percent of the vote compared to St. Clair's 45 percent.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Attorney General Janet Mills is the Democratic nominee for governor, according to official results from Maine’s first ranked-choice voting election announced by the Maine Secretary of State Wednesday.

Marty Grohman

Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has come out in support of a candidate in the 1st Congressional District race, and it's not the GOP candidate.

LePage said Tuesday that Democrat-turned-independent Marty Grohman "is what Maine needs." He called him a "good man" who's in politics "for the right reasons."

Grohman, a state lawmaker and businessman from Biddeford, hopes to unseat Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree. Also in the race is GOP candidate Mark Holbrook, of Brunswick.

Democrats wasted no time in responding to the governor's comment.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine election officials are ready to announce election results in the nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

Maine Republicans were out in Augusta Tuesday to show unified support for gubernatorial nominee Shawn Moody.

“I am so excited to be here, to be introducing our nominee for governor, and yes the republican party does have a nominee for governor for the great state of Maine,” Maine GOP Chair Demi Kouzounas told the crowd, taking a swipe at the fact that the democrats do not yet have a nominee, thanks to ranked-choice tabulations taking place now.

At the rally, Moody said that LePage and Republicans in the legislature had done good work preparing a foundation in the state.

Maine Department of the Secretary of State Facebook Page

It could be a little while longer until the winner of the Democratic Gubernatorial primary is revealed.

Deputy Secretary of state Julie Flynn has announced that the scans the office got of ballots from five towns – Gray, Ellsworth, Lewiston, Orland and Westbrook – weren't clear enough to be read by the program that'll count the votes.

Results from nation's first statewide ranked-choice voting election could be announced as soon as Tuesday.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Updated 2 p.m. Friday

The nation's first statewide ranked-choice voting count is underway in Augusta.

At stake is the winner of the seven-way Democratic gubernatorial primary, which did not produce a majority winner after Tuesday's initial count.

A Maine mayor who narrowly survived a recall effort after posting a tweet making fun of a Parkland, Fla., high school shooting survivor says he deserves an apology from his critics.

The attempt to recall Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro failed on Tuesday. He has been a source of controversy in Maine since April, when he posted a tweet that said "Eat it, Hogg" in reference to outspoken shooting survivor David Hogg.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

It is only a few days past the June primary, but one independent candidate for the office of governor has already launched a 10-day TV ad campaign.

Alan Caron told reporters at the State House that with all the focus on party candidates in recent months, he wants to remind voters that there are other choices for governor.

“The independents in this race have largely been in the shadows as a result of the structure we have in place that devotes all of these resources and energy to the primaries for the two parties,” said Caron.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Now that the June primary is over - sort of - we turn to Maine Public's two political correspondents, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary, for some analysis of the results.  They spoke with Maine Calling host Jennifer Rooks earlier about some of Tuesday night's surprises - including, says Mistler, the Republican gubernatorial primary in which Shawn Moody got the nomination.

Ranked-Choice Ballots To Be Delivered To Maine Capital

Jun 14, 2018
Charles Krupa / Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine - Couriers will begin delivering ballots to Maine's state capital as residents await the results of the nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting.
 
A private courier service on Thursday will start delivering hands ballots and memory sticks to a secure site in Augusta. Vote counting will begin on Friday and continue next week.
 
Residents voted in Tuesday's primary to retain the voting system, nullifying a legislative delay and allowing it to be used in November's federal elections in Maine.
 

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Republican Shawn Moody dominated his party's gubernatorial primary last night, taking 56 percent of the vote, soundly besting his GOP competitors and apparently averting any further vote counting under the state's new ranked-choice voting law.

The mood at Moody's Gorham headquarters stayed buoyant through the evening, as results came in showing a consistently commanding lead. At 11 p.m., just in time for the late television news, he took the podium for a quick shoutout to his supporters.

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