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The Peninsula
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, November 8, 2018
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2018 Election Results

by Anne Berleant

High voter turnout for a mid-term election year and numerous same-day voter registrations kept local polls busy on Election Day, November 6, despite a day that ended in drenching rain.

In Sedgwick, 18 of the 681 ballots cast came from voters that registered directly before voting, Registrar of Voters Cindy Reilly said.

The story was the same in Blue Hill. “There were a lot of new voters,” Registrar of Voters Etta Perkins said.

Democratic candidates for House District 133 and Senate District 7 won by healthy margins, with Sarah Pebworth receiving 63 percent of votes to Republican Nancy Colwell’s 37 percent, winning in all towns.

“I still have so much to learn about this district and the concerns everyone has,” Pebworth said the following morning. “I’ll keep talking to people, attending meetings and being available.”

Democrat Louie Luchini easily won in the Senate District 8 race in peninsula towns and district-wide, with 64 percent of the votes to Republican candidate Richard Malaby’s 36 percent.

In the race for Hancock County Commissioner District 2, Democratic challenger John Wombacher won 54 percent of votes against incumbent Republican Percy Brown. Brown, a Deer Isle resident, carried the island but not the peninsula.

Republican Matt Foster was re-elected to a second term as Hancock County District Attorney and Sheriff Scott Kane, unchallenged, retains his office.

For Hancock County Judge of Probate, Bar Harbor Democrat Lynne Williams won local voters over Republican incumbent William Blasdell, with the exception of Surry, but county-wide the race was too close to call by press time.

The peninsula mirrored statewide results in electing Democratic candidate Janet Mills as governor, with the exception of Sedgwick, which favored Republican candidate Shawn Moody.

A tight race for the U.S. House District 2 seat between Democrat Jared Golden and Republican incumbent Bruce Poliquin will use ranked choice voting to determine the winner. Each holds about 46 percent of the vote and independent candidate Tiffany Bond received 5.6 percent. But locally, Golden was a clear winner across all towns.

Independent incumbent U.S. Sen. Angus King swept the peninsula and was re-elected with 54 percent of votes statewide, compared to Republican Eric Brakey, with 36 percent, and Democrat Zak Ringelstein with 10 percent.

For U.S. House District 1, Chellie Pingree retained her congressional seat with 57 percent of the vote.

In Washington, Democrats took control of the House, gaining 27 seats, as of press time, while Republicans gained two seats in the Senate, strengthening their majority with 51.