ELLSWORTH — State Rep. Jared Golden led the pack in the Democratic primary to represent Maine’s sprawling Second Congressional District on Tuesday, according to preliminary results.
As of Wednesday morning, Golden had roughly 50 percent of the vote, with his primary challenger, nonprofit executive Lucas St. Clair, hovering around 40 percent.
Golden must receive 50 percent of the vote plus one vote to secure a spot in the race to unseat incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican, in November.
Isleboro bookstore owner Craig Olson was a distant third in preliminary results, with around 10 percent of the vote.
Hancock County voters were aligned with other Mainers in giving Golden a slight edge over St. Clair. If Golden does not clear 50 percent statewide, ranked choice voting may kick in to determine the winner of the race.
Independents Tiffany Bond, a Portland lawyer, and Southwest Harbor educator Will Hoar are also running against Poliquin and whoever emerges as the Democratic nominee.