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

June 13, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, June 13, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING:

RANKED CHOICE VOTING

Mainers have been told that they have to be patient with ranked choice voting. Now their patience will be put to the test as they prepare to wait a week or more to learn the outcome of several races. By Marina Villeneuve. Developing.

MOVED OVERNIGHT:

RANKED CHOICE VOTING

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Republican businessman hoping to succeed Maine’s firebrand GOP governor was the winner in the nation’s first ranked-choice voting primary, but it could take a week for election officials to declare a winner of the Democratic primary. No one came close to getting an outright majority to claim victory in the Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday. That means ballots will be shipped to Augusta, Maine, for more tabulations next week under the state’s ranked-choice voting system. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 465 words.

MAINE PRIMARY-GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican businessman Shawn Moody won Tuesday’s ranked-choice voting primary in the race to succeed Maine’s firebrand Gov. Paul LePage, while no clear majority winner had emerged in the Democratic primary.The founder of a string of auto repair shops won a majority of the Republican vote, meaning there’s no need for additional rounds of voting under the voting system used in a statewide primary for the first time in U.S. history. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 480 words.

MAINE PRIMARY-CONGRESS

BANGOR, Maine — A Marine Corps veteran and state lawmaker had the most first-place votes in a Maine congressional primary Tuesday, but it’ll take additional tabulations to determine if he’s earned the right to challenge two-term Republican incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin. SENT: 330 words.

PRIMARY RDP

COLUMBIA, S.C.— President Donald Trump is crediting his Election-Day tweet in part for the defeat of a South Carolina Republican congressman who has been critical of his administration.

Trump tweeted Wednesday that his advisers didn’t want him to get involved in the Republican primary, thinking Rep. Mark Sanford “would easily win.” By Thomas Beaumont and Christina L. Myers. SENT: 1,415 words.

IN BRIEF:

BANK ROBBER: Officials say a man who said he had a gun robbed a Maine bank.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE-ICE CREAM PARLOR: A high school student in Maine is now the proud owner of an ice cream parlor that he purchased a month before his graduation.

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