In June 2018, the state of Maine will hold the nation's first statewide ranked-choice voting election. Voters approved the method in 2016, but a court said that, because the state constitution specifies plurality general elections for state offices, the first-round winner could claim victory. The constitution does not say that about primaries or federal offices. The state legislature has passed a law and otherwise fought to block or delay it in the legislature and courts, even for primaries and federal offices. After a successful petition drive to repeal the law, it was determined that the June 12, 2018 election could use ranked-choice voting for all offices, while the people also voted to overturn the law blocking it.
Regardless of this political drama, you can certainly use DemoChoice in a simulation of the June 2018 partisan primary election in Maine. The simulation features the four contests with three or more candidates.
The catch is that, because we have no way to guarantee an accurate sampling of voters, it's not safe to assume that the winners shown here would win in a real election; these results are here mostly for entertainment. But it is likely to be a good measure of how many voters win with ranked choice voting.
|Governor of Maine, Democratic Primary|
|Governor of Maine, Republican Primary|
|US Representative from Maine, District 2, Democratic Primary|
|Maine State Representative, District 75, Republican Primary|
US House district 2 consists of most of the state except the more populous southwestern coastline. State house district 75 consists of Turner, Leeds, and part of Livermore.
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