Bad day for Bruce: Republican loses suit to block instant runoff, then loses instant runoff, too
Election officials in Maine tabulated the results of the country’s first-ever instant runoff for Congress on Thursday, determining that Democrat Jared Golden defeated Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin by a narrow 50.5-49.5 margin after the second-choice preferences of voters who cast ballots for two third-party candidates were taken into account. Poliquin had led 46.4 to 45.5 on the initial balloting, but 65 percent of those who voted for independents Tiffany Bond and Will Hoar elected to mark a second choice. That group overwhelmingly transferred their votes to Golden, who won second-choice ballots by a 69-31 margin, allowing him to edge ahead of Poliquin.
Golden, a Marine veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, gives House Democrats their 37th flip this cycle, with five races still uncalled at press time. This race saw heavy spending, but Golden prevailed even though northern Maine’s rural 2nd District veered sharply away from Democrats in 2016, voting for Donald Trump 51-41 after supporting Barack Obama 53-44 four years earlier. Remarkably, that makes Poliquin the first incumbent to lose this seat since 1916.
But if you listen to Trump, all of these elections were ‘stolen’, due to voter fraud by Democrats changing clothes and voting multiple times, over and over again. Remember his claim of MILLIONS of illegal voters in the 2016 election? None of those voters were ever found, despite Republican investigations.