ELLSWORTH — Victory in the legal system remains out of reach for Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin.
His appeal for an injunction to prevent certifying the results of the November election for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District was denied Friday afternoon by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.
As reported in the Portland Press Herald, the court’s decision was terse — a one sentence order from the three judges ruled that Poliquin’s request did not “have a strong likelihood of success on the merits and is denied.”
Earlier this week, Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap had already certified Democratic Rep.-elect Jared Golden as the winner. The U.S. House of Representatives must receive such certification to seat a new member.
And while elections in most states are ultimately certified by the governor, in this case Governor Paul LePage has refused to do so, citing Poliquin’s ongoing litigation. The decision of the appeals court, however, has rendered that objection moot.
Poliquin is in the appeals court after his lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ranked-choice voting process and requesting that a new election be held was rejected by U.S. District Court Judge Lance Walker on December 13. While his appeal on the constitutionality of ranked choice voting is still pending, it now appears Jared Golden will be sworn in on Jan. 3.