Maine will make history in 2018, becoming the first state to use a ranked-choice voting system for federal offices in a general election. Voters passed a referendum in 2016 to adopt the system and reaffirmed their support in another vote for it during the June primary. Instead of selecting one candidate, under ranked choice voters have the option to rank the candidates in order of preference. If no candidate gets more than 50% of first-choice votes, the candidate with the least support is eliminated, and those voters’ votes are redistributed to whomever they ranked second. This process continues until two candidates are left and one has the majority of the votes. The system could be important this year because of the competitive House race in the Pine Tree State. State legislator and Marine veteran Jared Golden (D) is trying to unseat Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine's rural and competitive 2nd Congressional District. The governor's race is exempt from ranked-choice voting, but Republicans hope Shawn Moody can to hold on to the seat being vacated by term-limited Gov. Paul LePage (R). Moody faces a tough fight against Democratic state Attorney General Janet Mills. [Editor's note: In the results below, Maine's 2nd Congressional District reflects the outcome of ranked-choice voting tabulation. The town-level results for the 2nd Congressional District reflect voters' first choice on November 6.]
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