6/14/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,
It was a messy primary day in Maine. Several questions have been answered, while other questions have popped up in their place.
Former LePage rival, moderate, Shawn Moody used his own money to overwhelm his foes in the Republican gubernatorial primary.
Moody scored about 56% of the vote, compared to Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason’s 23%. Mary Mayhew, who seemed to have a lot of momentum coming out of the GOP convention and had the bulk of Maine-first legislators supporting her, finished in a disappointing third place with only about 15% of the vote. A combination of a voter guide depicting Mayhew as not Pro-Life and her past as a Democrat seemed to crush her chances in her bid for the Blaine House. However, Moody has only been a Republican for about a half of a year, and he ran away with the primary. House Minority Leader Ken Fredette finished in last with only 7% of the vote.
On the Democrat side of the aisle, things aren’t nearly as clear.
Attorney General, Janet Mills is leading with about a third of the vote. However, with no candidate scoring a majority, it looks like Rigged-Choice Voting (or so-called Ranked-Choice Voting) will come into play as Adam Cote is close behind with 28.5%. Lobbyist Betsy Sweet is a distant third with 16%. Former House Speaker Mark Eves has to be frustrated with scoring only about 14.5% and finishing fourth.
But with Rigged-Choice Voting in effect, we don’t know how this will play out. Mills received the most first-place votes as the establishment favorite in the Democrat Party. However, as some of the far-Left radicals are eliminated, their second and third place votes could change the outcome. With the complications of RCV, there’s really no telling how this will turn out — or when we’ll know.
Add to that, Gov. Paul LePage announced he would not certify the results because the contests were held under an unconstitutional voting scheme. Secretary of State, Matt Dunlap says because it’s a primary, the Governor is not needed to certify the results.
The concept of Rigged-Choice Voting was also on the ballot in the form of Question 1, the people’s veto. A “yes,” vote was a vote in favor of RCV. A “no” vote was against the failed California voting scam. The “yes” line won by about 8-points.
However, Maine First Media received several complaints from voters who said after reading the question, they believed “yes” was a vote to repeal Rigged-Choice Voting. With so many anti-RCV voters accidentally voting in favor of the faulty voting system, it would be smart for opponents to raise legal objections and challenge the verdict in court.
In the 2nd Congressional District, Democrat State Rep. Jared Golden looks like he’ll just barely miss out on breaking the 50% marker to win the primary outright — currently, he’s sitting at 49% with a handful of precincts yet to report. Despite being so close to a majority and despite beating his chief opponent, Lucas St. Clair, by nearly 10-points, this looks to be heading to an RCV mess as well. However, St. Clair would need almost all of Craig Olsen’s voters to have placed St. Clair as their second choice to overtake Rep. Golden.
The winner will go on to face incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in November.
In one of the best pieces of news for the night, Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro survived a Leftist witchhunt against him. Following some tweets the thought-police Left found distasteful, a recall effort began. The Maine-first Mayor won the recall by a 3-point margin, despite an all-out assault from the Left’s lapdog Fake News media.
- Nick Isgro – The politically-correct thought police came after the Maine-first Mayor of Waterville, but Isgro is standing tall.
- Shawn Moody – It was thought to be a competitive three-way race, but the moderate ran away with the GOP gubernatorial primary.
- Aaron Chadbourne – The Maine-first write-in candidate for governor will now be up against a Democrat most of the party didn’t vote for in first place, and a Republican who only switched to the GOP once he decided to run for the Blaine House.
- Ranked-Choice Voting – The margin of victory was smaller than expected and came with many RCV opponents actually voting in favor of the scheme pushed by out-of-state dark money. Opponents should legally challenge the intentionally misleading phrasing of the question.
- Janet Mills – Receiving about a third of the vote from her party has to be disappointing for the clear front-runner in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
- Matt Dunlap – Primary day was a mess, the RCV question was a joke, and the Governor is saying he won’t certify the results. Not a good look for a Secretary of State.