Late this week, Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin dropped his request for a recount in the 2nd District race he lost to Democrat Jared Golden.
About halfway through the process, results showed Poliquin was not gaining any ground. Poliquin also had a major setback in his lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of ranked choice voting.
That's where Irwin Gratz picks up Maine's Political Pulse this week. He spoke with State House reporters Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.