AUGUSTA (AP) — Republican businessman Shawn Moody has won the right to run to succeed Maine's Republican firebrand Gov. Paul LePage.
Moody won an outright majority of the vote, making him the winner of his primary. With a majority, there's no need for additional rounds of voting under Maine's ranked-choice voting system.
It's a different story in the Democratic primary.
In that race, no clear majority winner was emerging.
When there's no majority, the ballots will be shipped to Augusta for additional rounds of voting next week in which the last-place candidate will be eliminated and votes reallocated. The process is repeated until there's a majority winner.
This was the biggest test of the voting system. Before Tuesday, it had never before been used in a statewide primary election.