Maine: Governor LePage signs CD2 results, calls it ‘stolen election’

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Governor LePage signed the election results, including the words ‘stolen election’ on the signature line, a jab at the ranked-choice voting process.

In a tweet, Gov. LePage showed a picture of the signed results, and the words “stolen election” on the signature line next to his initials.

LePage wrote, “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.”

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Paul R. LePage

@Governor_LePage

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

Congressman-elect Jared Golden responded on Twitter, writing “Not only are the Governor’s comments wrong, this is yet another attempt by the Maine GOP to undermine the will of Mainers, who twice voted to approve RCV. Maine people are tired of this kind of poor leadership — which is why they voted for sweeping change in November.”

Jared Golden

@golden4congress

Not only are the Governor’s comments wrong, this is yet another attempt by the Maine GOP to undermine the will of Mainers, who twice voted to approve RCV. Maine people are tired of this kind of poor leadership — which is why they voted for sweeping change in November.

Paul R. LePage

@Governor_LePage

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

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Golden defeated incumbent Congressman Bruce Poliquin in the ranked-choice voting election. It was the first federal race ever decided by the system that Maine voters approved.

Poliquin announced on Christmas Eve that he would no longer pursue any legal action, after a federal judge denied two previous motions.

BREAKING statement from Congressman Poliquin:

Since Election Day, I’ve been stopped in grocery stores, airports and on the street, and have been contacted by phone, email, and social media from hundreds and hundreds of Maine voters with grave concern over the confusing and unfair rank voting process, pushed onto the people of Maine by out-of-state special interests. I agree with 2nd Congressional District voters who twice rejected this confusing and complicated rank voting pr

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