The Latest: Democratic US Rep. Pingree declares victory

Published 11-07-2018

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Latest on Maine's elections (all times local):

11:25 p.m.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is claiming victory.

One of her opponents, independent Marty Grohman, already conceded. Also in the race is Republican Mark Holbrook.

The Associated Press has not yet called the race.

Ranked-choice voting was being used for the first time in federal races in Maine. The system lets voters rank all candidates on the ballot. If no one gets a majority, then there are additional rounds of tallies.

Grohman and Holbrook had hoped to use ranked-choice voting to their advantage if Pingree failed to win a majority.

Pingree had a commanding lead in early tallies in her bid for a sixth term. Pingree was leading with nearly 60 percent of the vote with more than a third of

Grohman and Holbrook had hoped to use ranked-choice voting to their advantage if Pingree failed to win a majority.

Pingree had a commanding lead in early tallies in her bid for a sixth term. Pingree was leading with nearly 60 percent of the vote with more than a third of precincts reporting.

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10:45 p.m.

An independent is conceding his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree in Maine's 1st Congressional District

Marty Grohman said Tuesday night he called Pingree to concede and to give her his full support.

Pingree was leading with nearly 60 percent of the vote in early tallies, but The Associated Press has not yet called the race. Also in the race is Republican Mark Holbrook.

Ranked-choice voting is being used for the first time in federal races in Maine. The system lets voters rank all can

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10:45 p.m.

An independent is conceding his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree in Maine's 1st Congressional District

Marty Grohman said Tuesday night he called Pingree to concede and to give her his full support.

Pingree was leading with nearly 60 percent of the vote in early tallies, but The Associated Press has not yet called the race. Also in the race is Republican Mark Holbrook.

Ranked-choice voting is being used for the first time in federal races in Maine. The system lets voters rank all candidates on the ballot. If no one gets a majority, then there are additional rounds of tallies.

Grohman had hoped to use ranked-choice voting to his advantage if Pingree failed to win a majority.

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10:20 p.m.

Independent state treasurer Terry Hayes has conceded in her quest for Maine's governorship.

Hayes on Tuesday night thanked her supporters for standing behind her as a non-partisan choice.

The Associated Press has not yet called the race.

Hayes is a former Democratic legislator who has brushed aside calls to drop out in recent weeks. Hayes said she'd bring an end to partisan rancor in state politics and look at policy solutions based on their merits, not on politics.

The hotly contested race to succeed Republican Gov. Paul LePage is now down to Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills and Republican businessman Shawn Moody.

LePage cannot run again due to term limits and is set to leave office in January.

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8:20 p.m.

The Maine Democratic Party says a judge has ordered that a Portland polling place will remain open late.

Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett said Tuesday that a superior court judge ordered that the Italian Heritage Center polling location remain open until 9:30 p.m. Polls are closed everywhere else.

A car struck a utility pole around 3:30 p.m. on outer Congress Street. The crash spurred traffic.

Early voting data shows Maine has 45 percent more advance ballots cast than in 2014.

Democratic Secretary of State Matt Dunlap told WABI-TV that an individual at polls in Farmington was telling college students there will be consequences for registering to vote.

Dunlap said he didn't feel like there was voter suppression but said that individual was exercising free speech rights.

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7:55 p.m.

The Democratic Party is requesting an extension to voting hours at a Portland polling place ensnarled by traffic from a motor vehicle crash.

A Maine judge is reviewing the request.

Secretary of State department spokesman Kristen Muszynski said Tuesday night that the process is pending. A court order is needed to keep the polls open.

Polls close at 8 p.m. in Maine.

Anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed inside polls to vote.

A car struck a utility pole around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on outer Congress Street, causing traffic and a power outage impacting Portland Jetport.

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5:10 p.m.

Voters are showing up at Maine polls despite long lines and rainy conditions.

The state's top election official says he believes turnout will exceed the 2014 midterm record.

Maine Democratic Secretary of State Matt Dunlap tells reporters Monday he doesn't think predictions of heavier rain into the evening will dampen overall turnout numbers.

Dunlap estimates up to 65 percent of eligible voters will turn out Tuesday.

Turnout is often above 70 percent in a presidential election year in Maine. The state's voter turnout rates are often among the nation's highest.

The state has received 175,000 of nearly 200,000 absentee ballots requested by Mainers.

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11:45 a.m.

Mainers aren't just selecting candidates on Election Day. They're also deciding a controversial proposal for universal home care and bond initiatives totaling $200 million on Election Day.

The first-of-its-kind home health care referendum calls for a 3.8 percent tax increase to provide home care for all Maine seniors and individuals with disabilities, regardless of income.

The referendum has drawn strong criticism from home care agencies, health care and business associations, and all three gubernatorial candidates. Critics say the referendum's ambiguous language could mean higher taxes for all families earning over $128,400.

The four borrowing proposals would mitigate wastewater pollution, upgrade transportation infrastructure and fund improvements at colleges and universities.

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10:30 a.m.

Maine's top election official said he's receiving reports of a strong turnout, which is in line with projections.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap expects up to 65 percent of the voting-age public in Maine to cast tallies in Tuesday's election. That includes more than 170,000 people who cast tallies via absentee ballot ahead of Election Day.

Ranked-choice voting is being used for the first time in U.S. House and Senate races.

Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin faces Democrat Jared Golden and two independents in the 2nd Congressional District. Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree in the 1st Congressional District and independent U.S. Sen. Angus King are engaged in three-way contests.

The race for governor features Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills, Republican businessman Shawn Moody and independent state Treasurer Terry Hayes.

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12:10 a.m.

A new way of voting makes its national debut in U.S. Senate and House races on Election Day in Maine. Mainers also are choosing firebrand Republican Gov. Paul LePage's successor.

The hotly contested race for governor features Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills, Republican businessman Shawn Moody and independent state Treasurer Terry Hayes.

The most expensive race was in the 2nd Congressional District where Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin faces Democratic state lawmaker Jared Golden. Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree in the 1st Congressional District and independent U.S. Sen. Angus King were both favored in three-way contests.

Ranked-choice voting is being used in the federal races. The system lets voters rank all candidates on the ballot. If no one gets a majority, then there are additional rounds of tallies.

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