Poliquin Requests Recount of District 2 Ranked-Choice Election


Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap in Portland, on election day November 6, 2018.

Bruce Poliquin (R) has requested a recount request for the Congressional District 2 race in the November 6, 2018 general election.

The election results tabulated on November 15th after 5 l/2 days of processing results from the more than 370 towns in the Congressional District 2 seat, with 139,231 votes to Bruce Poliquin’s 136,326 votes in the final round. Because neither candidate reached the 50% mark, ranked-choice voting was utilized.

The official results, upon completion of the formal certification process on Monday, November 26, show Golden with 142,440 and Poliquin with 138,931 votes.  The official tabulation has been updated to include results from six towns whose results did not unload properly into the election reporting software.  The discrepancy was identified as part of the due diligence exercised by the Elections staff during the certification process and does not change the outcome of the election.

The recount process is estimated to take four weeks to complete and Secretary Dunlap will announce scheduling for the recount once a date is finalized.  The recount will take place at the tabulation site in the Elkins Building in Augusta.