On June 12, 2018, Maine conducted primary elections for Governor, state legislature, U.S. House of Representatives, and U.S. Senate by ranked choice voting.
Both the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor were hotly contested, with seven Democrats and four Republicans seeking the office. Three candidates sought the Democratic nomination for the Second Congressional District. Janet Mills won the Democratic nomination for governor and Jared Golden won the Democratic nomination for the Second Congressional District after the RCV count. The Republican nomination for governor was won by Shawn Moody with 56% in the first round. Full results are below.
At the same election, Maine voters decided on Question 1, which would determine whether Maine would continue to use ranked choice voting in the November general elections and in all future primary elections. More voters participated in the vote on Question 1 than voted in the Democratic and Republican primaries combined. Question 1 passed with over 54% voting in favor.
The Maine League of Women Voters, in partnership with Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, provided voter education resources for the elections at mainerankedchoice.vote. The results of the election demonstrated the success of their efforts, and the benefits of ranked choice voting for a healthy democratic environment:
Here are two ways of visualizing the full results for the Democratic gubernatorial primary election:
Here are two ways of visualizing the full results for the Democratic primary election for the Second Congressional District: