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Fred Bever / Maine Public

Now that the June primary is over - sort of - we turn to Maine Public's two political correspondents, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary, for some analysis of the results.  They spoke with Maine Calling host Jennifer Rooks earlier about some of Tuesday night's surprises - including, says Mistler, the Republican gubernatorial primary in which Shawn Moody got the nomination.

Ranked-Choice Ballots To Be Delivered To Maine Capital

Jun 14, 2018
Charles Krupa / Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine - Couriers will begin delivering ballots to Maine's state capital as residents await the results of the nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting.
 
A private courier service on Thursday will start delivering hands ballots and memory sticks to a secure site in Augusta. Vote counting will begin on Friday and continue next week.
 
Residents voted in Tuesday's primary to retain the voting system, nullifying a legislative delay and allowing it to be used in November's federal elections in Maine.
 

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Republican Shawn Moody dominated his party's gubernatorial primary last night, taking 56 percent of the vote, soundly besting his GOP competitors and apparently averting any further vote counting under the state's new ranked-choice voting law.

The mood at Moody's Gorham headquarters stayed buoyant through the evening, as results came in showing a consistently commanding lead. At 11 p.m., just in time for the late television news, he took the podium for a quick shoutout to his supporters.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

While Shawn Moody has been declared the winner in the Republican primary race for governor, Maine Democrats have not been able to call a winner of Tuesday’s primary. Attorney General Janet Mills is currently leading challenger Adam Cote and, says she's feeling optimistic about her race for the Blaine House.

The dance tunes that were playing in the background of Janet Mills Lewiston campaign headquarters could foreshadow a party in the coming days. Around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, Mills spoke to her supporters.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

One surprise in Tuesday's election that may have gone under the radar is the unofficial victory of Seth Carey in the Republican race for the district attorney nomination in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties. Carey's apparent win is unusual for several reasons, including the fact that his law license is currently suspended.

Charles Krupa / AP Photo

It was a big night for supporters of ranked-choice voting. 

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

A controversial Republican mayor will keep his job on the Waterville City Council after a recall effort failed by a slim margin during Tuesday's balloting.

Nick Isgro, whose social media taunt of a student who survived the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, triggered the recall effort, did not respond to a request for comment.

But Julian Payne, a Waterville school board member and Isgro supporter, said the GOP mayor's win by a 91-vote margin is very significant in this heavily Democratic community.

Susan Walsh

Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King is urging the Food and Drug Administration to back off a requirement that natural honey and maple products carry the label of “sugar added.”

King made his case on the floor of the Senate.  “This would have a significant impact on these industries nationwide," he said.  "And these are important businesses. In Maine maple syrup is a $20 million a year business."

The head of Maine's economic development office plans to step down next week.

Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais said Tuesday that he will resign effective June 22. He has held the post since May 2011.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage praised Gervais' leadership and said he "worked collaboratively across departments to increase trade and tourism with tremendous success."

Gervais said he appreciated the opportunity to lead the department and the trust placed in him by LePage.

Peter Monro / Citizens' Climate Lobby

Originally published 6: 30 p.m. June 13, 2018.

This week more than 1,300 citizen volunteers have been in Washington D.C. to lobby for - wait for it - a bipartisan solution to climate change. You heard that right. In the face of political divisiveness and gridlock, volunteers from all 50 states are trying to find common ground on climate change policy. What's even more surprising is they say they're making progress.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Jared Golden ended his night on Tuesday with the lead in the three-way race for Democratic nomination in Maine's Second District Congressional race. He eventually sent supporters in Lewiston home around midnight, unable to declare any kind of victory.

Golden ended the evening by telling supporters at the Franco Center in Lewiston that he hoped to carry his lead and earn the right to face off against incumbent Republican Bruce Poliquin in the fall.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says turnout was mixed for Tuesday's June primary.  Dunlap, who toured the state today, says some towns had local issues on the ballot that drove increased turnout, while others reported light activity.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine is preparing to face a challenge from two lesser-known candidates in the November election.
 
Republican State Sen. Eric Brakey was unchallenged in his primary election Tuesday after an opponent, Max Linn, was disqualified after election officials determined his nomination petition contained fraudulent signatures. Portland Democrat Zak Ringelstein was also unopposed.
 
King was first elected in 2012 after Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe abruptly abandoned her re-election bid, citing corrosive partisanship in Washington.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

On Tuesday, Maine primary voters will participate in a ranked-choice voting experiment so unprecedented that the state’s top election official sometimes compares what’s about to happen to a perilous space mission.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Mainers are heading to their local polling places Tuesday to cast their votes in a primary race that features a broad number of candidates.

Over the past week, negative ads have emerged from different candidates.

Democratic candidate for governor Janet Mills attacked her opponent Adam Cote for his former Republican position, and Cote’s campaign went after Mills for accepting money from outside the state.

Ned Cabot says the ads did affect his vote.

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