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Maine GOP members of Congress ends the legal challenge to the Democrat victory

Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, said he would end his legal challenge to the election of his Democratic opponent. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)

U.S. REP Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, announced Monday that he the end of his legal challenge to the election of his Democratic opponent among the state’s new ranked-choice voting system.

In a statement, published on Facebook, Poliquin wrote that “in spite of the winning of the largest number of votes on election day, I think it is in the best interest of my constituents and all Maine citizens, to close these confusing and unfair Chapter the voting history of the end of any further legal steps.”

“I’ve done everything possible to protect the one-person, one-vote Constitutional right of my fellow Mainers,” Poliquin added. “For over 100 years in our country, the history, the candidate who won the majority of votes. The elections here are always straightforward and non-controversial.”

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Poliquin’s defeat of Jared Golden means, all 12 of the representative for the six New England States are Democrats. Democrats have at least 235 seats in the new house of representatives next year, with the result of a hotly contested race in North Carolina still pending.

Poliquin also says that he wish Golden the best during the coming term of office. Golden said in a statement that he was pleased on the way to work and thanked Poliquin for his service to the state and “the spirited campaign he ran in the year 2018.”

Poliquin will get about 2,000 more first-place votes than Golden on election day, only for Golden to push forward, once the second preferences of ballots in support of two other independent candidates were re-assigned. The two-term incumbent, argues that the system be declared unconstitutional and demanded that the courts declare to be either held him to be a winner or a further choice.

Earlier this month, U.S. district judge Lance Walker said that the critic in question, the wisdom of the ranked-choice voting, but such criticism “falls short of constitutional impropriety.” Poliquin also loses a last-ditch bid to challenge Golden planned Jan. 3 swearing-in, by areas, the courts put a stop to, the certification of the election results.

RANKED – CHOICE VOTING ” LITMUS TEST IN MAINE COULD PAVE THE WAY FOR OTHER STATES

Maine was to allow the first state to the electorate to rank candidates on the ballot in a congressional race.

Maine’s top state court in the past year warned that ranked-choice voting conflict with the state Constitution, which says that the winner of the ” state-level races, whoever gets the most votes, or a “plurality.” So Maine used ranked-choice voting only in Federal elections and state primary races, but not for the General elections for the Governor or the legislature.

Democratic Gov.-elect Janet Mills has vowed to try to the state Constitution, so the system can be used in all elections.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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