Maine will use a ranked ballot for the 2018 U.S. Senate. Less important news is that Gov. LePage is not running

One of the few political figures in America who could give Trump a run for his money in terms of crudeness and mental instability, Governor Paul LePage of Maine,  has decided against a run for the U.S. Senate in 2018. Had he run, he would have challenged Independent Maine Sen. Angus King.

Last May LePage said that if Trump didn’t ask him to join the administration, he would give consideration to taking on King. Trump apparently did not call, and now LePage has decided not to seek federal office.

LePage was an early passenger on the Trump train and continues to be a defender of the president so maybe some future roll is not out of the question. LePage is term limited so he’ll have to find something else to do.

The Hill reports that “LePage’s decision not to run for office opens up the GOP field, at least for now, to state Senator Eric Brakey, a libertarian-leaning Republican who has been endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kent.).”

As he focuses on fighting for the people of Maine as our Governor, I look forward to working with him to end the reign of Angus King and restore liberty for little guy – not only in Maine – but down in Washington, DC,” Brakey said in a statement.

More interesting than LePage’s  or Brakey’s plans is that the 2018 U.S. Senate election in Maine is going to be the “first in the entire United States to be conducted with ranked choice voting, as opposed to a simple plurality, after Maine voters passed a citizen referendum approving the change in 2016.”

That’s big news. More on that later.

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