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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, November 8, 2018
McDonald wins House, Brown loses Commission seat
Mills elected as Maine’s first woman governor

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2018 Election Results - Island Ad-Vantages
2018 Election Results

by Anne Berleant

Newcomer and Stonington Democrat Genevieve McDonald swept the House District 134 race by a two-to-one margin on the island and Isle au Haut, and district-wide took 66 percent of votes to Deer Isle Republican challenger Philip Brady’s 34 percent. Both candidates are newcomers to state politics who sought to fill the seat held for four terms by Walter Kumiega.

Voters turned out in high numbers statewide on Election Day, November 6.

McDonald thanked her family and community for their support, and “my running mate, Phil Brady, because democracy works best when people have choices. Now I want to go to Augusta and get to work.”

Democrat Louie Luchini easily won the Senate District 7 seat, on the island and district-wide, with 64 percent of votes to Republican candidate Richard Malaby’s 36 percent. Locally, Luchini’s margin was a bit wider, more than two-to-one in Stonington and nearly that in Deer Isle. Democratic incumbent David Miramant easily retained his Senate District 12 seat among Isle au Haut voters and district-wide in Knox County.

In the race for Hancock County Commissioner 2, Democratic challenger John Wombacher won 54 percent of the votes against incumbent Republican Percy Brown. Brown, a Deer Isle resident, carried Deer Isle by a wide margin, and Stonington but not the district.

Republican Matt Foster was re-elected to a second term as District Attorney for Hancock and Washington counties and Sheriff Scott Kane, unchallenged, retains his office.

For Hancock County Judge of Probate, Bar Harbor Democrat Lynne Williams won local voters over Republican incumbent William Blasdell but county-wide the race was too close to call by press time.

The island mirrored statewide results in easily electing Democratic governor candidate Janet Mills over Republican candidate Shawn Moody. Statewide, Mills took 52 percent of the vote to Moody’s 42 percent, and Teresea Hayes’ 6 percent.

A tight race for the U.S. House District 2 seat between Democrat Jared Golden and Republican incumbent Bruce Poliquin will use ranked choice voting to determine the winner, with each holding about 46 percent of the vote and independent candidate Tiffany Bond receiving 5. 6 percent. But locally, Golden was a clear winner by a more than two-to-one margin.

Independent incumbent Sen. Angus King swept the island, and the state, receiving 54 percent of votes cast, compared to Republican Eric Brakey, who received 36 percent, and Democrat Zak Ringelstein, with 10 percent.

For U.S. House District 1, Chellie Pingree retained her congressional seat with 57 percent of the vote.

In Washington, Democrats took control of the House, gaining 27 seats, while Republicans gained two seats in the Senate, strengthening their majority with 51 seats.