Maine governor writes ‘stolen election’ while certifying Democrat’s victory

Outgoing Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage took a swipe on Friday at a Democratic candidate’s victory in a controversial House race, writing “stolen election” subsequent to his signature on the certificates confirming the election end result.

LePage licensed 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 authorized problem.

“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 certificates with the phrase “stolen election” subsequent 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.

The controversy over the race stems from Maine’s “ranked-choice” electoral system, the place, if no candidate receives an outright majority of the votes, a second tally is triggered. In that case, the second and even third decisions of some voters are added to the entire depend.

The Republican initially acquired about 2,000 extra voters than the Democrat, in need of the outright majority. But Golden managed surge forward of Poliquin after second preferences from ballots supporting two different impartial candidates had been re-allocated.

The incumbent congressman claimed that the system was unconstitutional and requested that the courts both declare him the winner or order one other election be held.

Maine’s high state court docket final 12 months warned that ranked-choice voting conflicts with the state’s structure, which says the winners of state-level races are whoever will get essentially the most votes, or a plurality.

The Golden’s upset victory is a setback for Republicans in Congress, who misplaced the management of the House following the midterm elections.

Maine’s 2nd congressional district traditionally leaned Democratic, thought the voters voted overwhelmingly for President Trump through the 2016 presidential election.

LePage is being changed by Democratic state Attorney General Janet Mills, who turned the primary feminine governor within the state and the primary Democrat to carry the workplace in over a decade.

The Republican, who served because the state’s governor for eight years, couldn’t run once more as a result of time period limits. He beforehand informed reporters that he’s retiring from politics and will likely be shifting to Florida as a result of low taxation.

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