Portland Press Herald
| by Sandy Maisel

Sandy Maisel, the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government, wrote an op-ed for the Portland Press Herald’s section “Maine Voices” titled “Ranked-choice presidential primaries would give boost to moderates,” which ran March 2, the day before Super Tuesday. Even if Maine were to use ranked-choice voting in the primary, “interpreting voter true preferences when many candidates are running is more complex than simply declaring whoever gains a plurality of the votes as the winner,” Maisel wrote. “The party is split,” he concludes, “and when we look at the results in Maine, we should appreciate that a plurality for one candidate does not imply support from all party voters.”

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