Latest Paul LePage News

Backers: Ranked-choice voting 'here to stay' despite hiccups

Jun. 13, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting resulted in confused voters, scores of spoiled ballots and fears of impending lawsuits. But there was no widespread chaos, and proponents were already talking up expanding the system Wednesday, even before the votes were fully...

The Latest: Ranked-choice fans want to broaden its use

Jun. 13, 2018 12:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on Maine's first use of ranked-choice voting in a statewide primary (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Proponents of ranked-choice voting in Maine say they will push hard for a constitutional amendment to bring the voting method to all elections in the state. Voters chose to...

In SC primary, ardent Trump backer defeats Rep. Mark Sanford

Jun. 13, 2018 9:48 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is crediting his Election-Day tweet in part for the defeat of a South Carolina Republican congressman who has been critical of his administration. Trump tweeted Wednesday that his advisers didn't want him to get involved in the Republican primary, thinking Rep....

The Latest: Legal pimp defeats Nevada lawmaker in GOP race

Jun. 13, 2018 2:43 AM EDT

The Latest on primaries in five states (all times EDT): 2:40 a.m. The owner of half a dozen legal brothels in Nevada has ousted a Republican state lawmaker running for re-election. Dennis Hof defeated incumbent Assembly member James Oscarson and a third candidate in a GOP primary race Tuesday. Hof starred in the...

Test of Trump loyalty topples South Carolina's Sanford

Jun. 13, 2018 1:34 AM EDT

Rep. Mark Sanford, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, lost his South Carolina congressional seat Tuesday hours after the president injected himself into the bitter Republican primary by stoking memories of the incumbent's public extramarital affair seven years ago. In the most dramatic result in primaries...

Businessman wins primary in race to succeed firebrand LePage

Jun. 13, 2018 1:26 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican businessman Shawn Moody won Tuesday's ranked-choice voting primary in the race to succeed Maine's firebrand Gov. Paul LePage, while no clear majority winner had emerged in the Democratic primary. The founder of a string of auto repair shops won a majority of the Republican...

Maine voters choose to keep new ranked-choice system

Jun. 13, 2018 1:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine residents rejected a delay legislators had sought to implement ranked-choice voting, allowing the system used for the first time in Tuesday's primaries to also be used in federal elections in November. The election overhaul allows voters to rank their candidates from first to...

Sen. Angus King of Maine to face lesser-known challengers

Jun. 12, 2018 8:07 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine will face two lesser-known candidates who won uncontested primaries Tuesday but now face a difficult challenge against a popular incumbent. Republican State Sen. Eric Brakey was unchallenged in his primary election Tuesday after an opponent,...

AP EXPLAINS: What does ranked-choice voting mean for Maine?

Jun. 12, 2018 7:27 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Republicans and Democrats wrestled Tuesday with new ballots that let them rank some candidates for the first time. The ballots asked voters to fill in ovals to rank gubernatorial candidates and a few legislative and federal hopefuls from first to last. Maine became the first...

The Latest: Official says LePage can't block primary results

Jun. 12, 2018 12:54 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Latest on Maine's primary elections (all times local): 12:52 p.m. Maine's top election official says Republican Gov. Paul LePage can't stop primary election results from moving forward. Democratic Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said the governor could refuse to sign a proclamation...