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AP-ME--Maine News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, ME

June 12, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Maine. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the northern New England desk at 207-772-4157.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking news and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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MAINE PRIMARY-RANKED CHOICE VOTING

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine residents are using ranked-choice voting for the first time on Tuesday and deciding whether to keep the voting system in place for the November general election. The system, which lets voters rank candidates from first to last, is facing its biggest test yet in a statewide primary election. It is used in 11 local jurisdictions across the country. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 305 words.

MAINE PRIMARY-GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine voters have plenty of choices Tuesday to replace firebrand Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who has served the maximum two terms allowed. A field of 11 Democrats and Republicans are seeking party nominations for the opportunity to succeed LePage, who streamlined government, lowered taxes and trimmed welfare but also angered some with his harsh tone and policy decisions. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 370 words.

MAINE PRIMARY-HOUSE

AUGUSTA, Maine — Three Democrats are vying in Maine on Tuesday for a shot at two-term Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s seat. The candidates are Lucas St. Clair, a leader in the successful effort to create a national monument in northern Maine, state Rep. Jared Golden, who’s also a Marine Corps veteran and rare book dealer Craig Olson, of Isleboro. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 230 words.

MAINE PRIMARY-CONGRESS

BANGOR, Maine — Most of the focus in Maine’s primaries is on the gubernatorial race. But three Democrats are vying in the 2nd Congressional District for a shot at unseating two-term Republican incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin. Lucas St. Clair, leader in the successful effort to create a national monument in northern Maine, is facing off against state lawmaker and Marine Corps veteran Jared Golden of Lewiston. Also in the race is rare book dealer Craig Olson of Islesboro. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

PRIMARY RDP-THINGS TO KNOW

Though on the other side of the globe, President Donald Trump figures to be a factor in Republican elections in South Carolina, one of five states holding primaries. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, an early Trump supporter in 2016 when he was lieutenant governor, has the president’s backing but faces challenges from four other candidates. McMaster endorsed the New York businessman in the state’s early presidential primary, which gave Trump a much-needed victory in the race for the nomination. By Thomas Beaumont and Bill Barrow. SENT: 920 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

INMATE DIES: Prison officials say an inmate at the Maine State Prison has died.

OFFICER ARREST: The Portland Police Department’s first Somali police officer has resigned before the department could complete an investigation prompted by her arrest at a Massachusetts night club early this year.

GEORGE HW BUSH-BIRTHDAY: Former President George H.W. Bush is celebrating his 94th birthday in Maine.

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