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A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

Maine Republicans were out in Augusta Tuesday to show unified support for gubernatorial nominee Shawn Moody.

“I am so excited to be here, to be introducing our nominee for governor, and yes the republican party does have a nominee for governor for the great state of Maine,” Maine GOP Chair Demi Kouzounas told the crowd, taking a swipe at the fact that the democrats do not yet have a nominee, thanks to ranked-choice tabulations taking place now.

At the rally, Moody said that LePage and Republicans in the legislature had done good work preparing a foundation in the state.

Maine Department of the Secretary of State Facebook Page

It could be a little while longer until the winner of the Democratic Gubernatorial primary is revealed.

Deputy Secretary of state Julie Flynn has announced that the scans the office got of ballots from five towns – Gray, Ellsworth, Lewiston, Orland and Westbrook – weren't clear enough to be read by the program that'll count the votes.

Results from nation's first statewide ranked-choice voting election could be announced as soon as Tuesday.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Updated 2 p.m. Friday

The nation's first statewide ranked-choice voting count is underway in Augusta.

At stake is the winner of the seven-way Democratic gubernatorial primary, which did not produce a majority winner after Tuesday's initial count.

A Maine mayor who narrowly survived a recall effort after posting a tweet making fun of a Parkland, Fla., high school shooting survivor says he deserves an apology from his critics.

The attempt to recall Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro failed on Tuesday. He has been a source of controversy in Maine since April, when he posted a tweet that said "Eat it, Hogg" in reference to outspoken shooting survivor David Hogg.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

It is only a few days past the June primary, but one independent candidate for the office of governor has already launched a 10-day TV ad campaign.

Alan Caron told reporters at the State House that with all the focus on party candidates in recent months, he wants to remind voters that there are other choices for governor.

“The independents in this race have largely been in the shadows as a result of the structure we have in place that devotes all of these resources and energy to the primaries for the two parties,” said Caron.

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.

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.

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