Poliquin Requests Recount In 2nd District House Race
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, has requested a recount in the Nov. 6 race against Democrat Jared Golden for the 2nd District congressional seat, state election officials confirmed Monday.
The election results, tabulated on Nov. 15 after 5 ½ days of processing results from the more than 370 towns in CD2, showed Golden as the winner of the seat, with 139,231 votes to Bruce Poliquin’s 136,326 votes in the final round.
The results were updated after Nov. 26 after staff discovered those results did not include results from six towns because they did upload properly into the reporting software.
Those updated results showed Golden with 142,440 and Poliquin with 138,931 votes.
The recount process is estimated to take four weeks to complete.
Because the margin is more than 1,000 votes in the race, a $5,000 deposit is required and full costs will be charged to the requesting candidate if the result of the election is unchanged at the completion of the recount.
Poliquin also is challenging the constitutionality of the state's ranked choice voting procedure in federal court. A hearing is scheduled on Dec. 5.