Poliquin, the incumbent Republican candidate in Maine's 2nd congressional district race, earned about 1,000 more votes than his Democratic opponent, State Rep. Jared Golden, but since he didn't earn a majority, ranked-choice voting kicked into gear for the first time in a federal election.
On Tuesday, Poliquin filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Bangor against Secretary of State Matt Dunlap seeking an emergency injunction to stop the ranked-choice vote counting and counting and to "refrain from certifying a winner." In his lawsuit, Poliquin contended that ranked-choice voting was "unconstitutional."
Golden's office described Poliquin's lawsuit as "an attempt to subvert the will of Maine voters in a self-interested, last-ditch effort for his own political gain."
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