Democratic Senate majority likelier due to Maine ranked-choice voting system

Counting votes cast in Maine’s marquee Senate race will be complicated this fall by a likely surge in mail-in ballots and its voting system.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins needs majority support, not just a plurality of the votes, if she wants to win her fifth term after first being elected to Congress in 1996. That’s because, for the first time, Maine’s Senate race could be decided by ranked-choice voting.

And it won’t be an easy task for Collins.

Fresh off her first debate last week and a new attack ad this week, Collins, 67, trails Maine’s Democratic House
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