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Scarborough officials are reviewing some 2,700 absentee ballots that may not have been included in the town’s final tally.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says when town officials went to reconcile the numbers this morning, they found that in the confusion of the early morning hours, they had not reconciled the ballot count to make sure all had been accounted for in the final tallies.

Dunlap says under state law, he has given the town permission to now reconcile those ballots. Because of the number involved, it could have an effect on the two Scarborough house seats.

PORTLAND, Maine — The first African-born Muslim to hold elective office in Maine is moving on to a higher post after another win.

Forty-seven-year-old Pious Ali made Maine history when he was elected to the Portland Board of Education in 2013. Voters in Maine’s largest city elected Ali as an at-large City Council member on Tuesday. Portland elections are nonpartisan.

Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who did not support Donald Trump for president, has congratulated him on his victory and says it's her hope that he will focus on issues that unite people.

Collins said in a statement Wednesday that she pledges to work with Trump in that effort.

Collins had been critical of Trump throughout the campaign. She had said the businessman does not reflect the values historically held by Republicans nor "the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country.''

Maine residents have approved a ballot question that will allow voters to rank their choice of candidates.

Under the election overhaul, ballots are counted at the state level in multiple rounds. Last-place candidates are eliminated until a candidate wins by a majority.

The voting style will apply to races for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor, state Senate and state House.

Early on, polls showed strong support for expanding background checks on gun sales in Maine. But closer to the election the numbers tightened, and by Tuesday evening it seemed momentum had swung to the opposition.

David Trahan, director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, says voters resented interference by a gun-control group founded by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg. And he says they particularly disliked a provision in the measure that could bar loaning or giving a gun to a friend without getting a federal background check.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

It was a big night for the marijuana legalization movement around the country, with 3 of 5 states, including Massachusetts, approving ballot measures and Maine poised to follow suit.

The vote remained extremely close all night, but at about 3 a.m., supporters of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol declared victory.

The Yes on One campaign held an edge of between one and two percentage points all night long. And in the wee hours of the morning, with a few more precincts still to be counted, political director Alysia Melnick offered this assessment.

After the most expensive legislative races in state history, Republicans have maintained control of the State Senate, holding 20 seats to the Democrats’ 15 according to unofficial AP results Wednesday morning.

Senate President Mike Thibodeau was jubilant with other Senate Republicans, friends and family, saying he expects the next session of the Legislature will see both parties working together to improve the state.

Brian Bechard / Maine Public

Riding a Republican wave, incumbent 2nd District U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin has won another two-year term.

Poliquin defeated Democratic challenger Emily Cain in a campaign that broke all state spending records for a U.S. House race. More than $15 million was spent by the candidates and allied outside interests in a nonstop TV ad campaign.

Shortly after midnight, Poliquin stepped to the microphone at Dysart’s Restaurant in Bangor and delivered the message his supporters had been waiting to hear.

John Locher / Associated Press

Maine has apparently missed its chance to play an outsize role in an white-knuckle, divisive presidential contest in which Americans awarded Republican Donald Trump the White House.

Minimum wage workers in Maine are going to get a raise.

By a solid margin, voters supported the ballot measure that will boost the current $7.50 an hour minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020. It will also increase tipped workers’ base wages, which some in the restaurant industry say will increase costs and change the culture of hospitality.

With the passage of Question 4, workers in Maine will finally get an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, says Amy Halsted, the campaign manager for Mainers for Fair Wages.

Maine voters have approved a $100 million bond issue for transportation-related projects.

The bond issue will finance the construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges.

It'll also pay for facilities, equipment and acquisitions of property related to ports, harbors and freight and passenger railroads. It will apply to marine transportation, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails as well.

State officials say the money will be used to match an anticipated $137 million in federal and other funding.

Nora Flaherty / Maine Public

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Democratic 1st District incumbent Chellie Pingree has won her fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Pingree beat Republican and political newcomer Mark Holbrook in a campaign characterized by the two candidates sharply differing views on issues including refugees, health insurance and gun control.

"I think there were some uncomfortable moments in my debates with my opponent and you never like to be disagreeable in a debate or having such strong contrasts, but that's what this race was like," Pingree says.

PORTLAND, Maine - Supporters for a minimum wage increase in Maine say they're confident that Question 4 will pass.  Mainers for Fair Wages are awaiting election results at Stroudwater Distillery in Portland.

Campaign manager Amy Halsted says the key to victory for a minimum wage boost is to get voters to the polls, and that's been the focus of Mainers for Fair Wages in recent weeks.

While Maine’s 2nd Congressional District — with over $7 million in independent expenditures — has dominated the headlines, state legislative races are also seeing some incredible amounts of independent expenditures.

PORTLAND, Maine - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may not win Maine, but he hopes to nab at least one of the state's four electoral votes.

Democrat Hillary Clinton was leading in most pre-election polls in Maine, but Trump and Clinton were in a tight race in the state's sprawling 2nd Congressional District. A victory there would give Trump a single electoral vote, even if he loses the statewide vote.

Three of Trump's five visits to Maine this year have focused on the 2nd District.

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