Outpouring of support from across Maine secures King 54.1 percent of the vote
Ranked Choice Voting not a factor as King captures majority
The former two-term Maine governor and current Independent U.S. Senator will continue to serve Maine people in U.S. Senate
BRUNSWICK, ME – Today, November 6, 2018, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) won re-election in Maine’s U.S. Senate. News Center Maine has projected his victory at approximately 11:45 p.m. With 44 percent of precincts reporting, Senator King has secured 54.1 percent of the vote.
“Serving as your governor and now as your senator has been the honor of a lifetime,” Senator King said to the people of Maine. “Maine people have an ethic of hard work, a knack for common sense, and an unbreakable spirit. It is these qualities that I aim to reflect each day in my work in Washington. Together, we’ve accomplished so much for Maine, and I am determined to continue work for the people across our state – men and women, young and old, from York to Aroostook and everywhere in between – so we help our communities and provide results for the state we love.
“I congratulate my opponents on their hard work throughout this campaign, and to wish the best to them and their families moving forward. Our political differences should never stop us from listening, finding common ground, and working together. Today, and every day, we are all Americans. In the days ahead, it is essential we work to heal our political wounds and come together as a country to support one another, lend a hand to our neighbors, and remember America’s highest ideals of unity and understanding. Let’s build on the good.”
Senator King’s election marks the first U.S. Senate election to use Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). RCV allows voters to rank their candidates in order of preference. If no candidate gains a majority of votes on the first ballot, the last place candidate is removed from the ballot and his or her second-place votes are allocated to the candidates remaining in the race. This process is repeated until a candidate has over 50 percent of the vote and can be declared winner.
Because Senator King won with over 50 percent of the vote on the first ballot, Ranked Choice Voting did not come into play in Maine’s U.S. Senate race. Senator King supports RCV, which was passed by the people of Maine on two separate citizen referendums.
Senator King is providing remarks live on Facebook. Watch HERE.