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Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin announced that he’s ending his legal challenge against Maine’s ranked-choice voting law and effectively conceded to election winner Jared Golden.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin has notified the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that he plans to challenge a federal judge’s decision last week denying his constitutional claims against ranked-choice voting and validating Democrat Jared Golden’s victory.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Republican Bruce Poliquin is ending the recount of the 2nd Congressional District race he lost to Democrat Jared Golden.

Photos by Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

A federal judge has denied Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s legal challenge to Maine’s ranked-choice voting law and his request to invalidate the runoff he lost to Democrat Jared Golden.

Photos by Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - At least $24.3 million was spent in Maine's 2nd Congressional District race this year.

Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

GOP U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and his advisers continue to remain silent about whether they will seek a recount of the ranked-choice voting election won by his Democratic challenger Jared Golden.

Joel Page / Associated Press

Democrat Jared Golden became the first candidate to unseat an incumbent from Maine’s 2nd Congressional District in more than a century on Thursday when he was named the winner of the nation’s first ranked-choice voting runoff for a congressional contest.

Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

The nation’s first ranked-choice voting runoff will take place at noon Thursday at a counting facility in Augusta.

Kevin Bennett / Maine Public

A federal judge said Wednesday he might rule by Thursday on a lawsuit brought by Republican incumbent Bruce Poliquin that seeks to block the implementation of ranked choice voting in the 2nd Congressional District race and argues that the instant runoff system is unconstitutional.

Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

As political observers wait for a federal judge to decide if he'll intervene in the nation's first ranked-choice voting election for a congressional race, state election officials continued gathering and counting the ballots that will determine the winner. State workers did their best to keep the looming legal dispute from distracting from the count. Evidence of the growing controversy over Maine's landmark voting law was everywhere.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

Staff with the Maine Secretary of State's Office Wednesday resumed the ranked-choice voting count for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race, as a federal judge began reviewing a request from incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s campaign to issue a restraining order to stop the count. They expect to finish the tabulation Thursday.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Maine 2nd District incumbent Bruce Poliquin's federal court challenge to ranked-choice voting raised several legal issues with the system. On Tuesday Poliquin filed an injunction and temporary restraining order to halt the count of ranked-choice voting results.  Dimitri Bam, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Maine School of Law, unpacked some of those issues with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine - Election workers are still tallying ballots in the first congressional race in American history to be decided by a voting method that allows second choices.

Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

AUGUSTA, Maine- The last few ballots from the second congressional district arrived  in Augusta Saturday, as the race for the congressional seat goes on, days after ballots were cast.

Chloe Maxmin

Women, especially Democratic women, were elected to office in record numbers in Maine and around the country Tuesday night.

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