Voters cast their ballots in Ellsworth during the primary elections Tuesday. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY KATE COUGH

Voters favor Moody, Mills for governor in primaries

ELLSWORTH — Hancock County voters were generally aligned with the rest of the state in ranking candidates for governor in Tuesday’s primary elections.

Republican Shawn Moody was the favorite among Republican candidates for governor in Hancock County, with Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason coming in second.

The Associated Press called the race for Moody, who garnered 56 percent of the vote statewide, just after midnight.

There will likely be a wait before a Democratic candidate for governor emerges. Attorney General Janet Mills had a slight edge over Sanford veteran Adam Cote among Hancock County voters at last count. This was similar to statewide results.

Because no Democratic candidate received a majority of votes, the race will be decided by ranked choice voting.

Ballots will be now be shipped to Augusta, where counters will eliminate the candidate with the fewest number of votes and tally those for whoever the individual voter ranked second on his or her ballot.

For example, if Donna Dion is eliminated (as looks likely), and a Dion supporter ranked Janet Mills second, one vote for Dion would be reallocated to Mills. The process continues until one candidate receives 50 percent plus one vote.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]

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