In Maine, the control of the Senate will turn on two contested elections, reports the Bangor Daily News. In one district, the Democrat leads by 9 votes with 63 ballots in dispute. In another district, the Republican appears to have won by 1 vote, but there are 10 ballots in dispute. Gov. Angus King (an independent who is leaving office in January) has asked the Supreme Judicial Court to advise him whether he must certify (next Tuesday) the results as they stand now and then let the Legislature decide the contests.
"In the two races mentioned above, the number of disputed ballots are sufficient to change the outcome of the race. ... I seek the advice of the justices for an interpretation of my responsibilities so I may appropriately discharge my obligations under the law to ensure that I certify and summon the appropriate persons to appear in the Legislature," Gov. King wrote.
The parties positions are predictable. The Democrats are ahead at the moment (18 seats to 17), so they suggest the governor certify the results and let the legislature resolve the dispute. The Republicans have filed suit in a
Superior Court claiming that "without the court's intervention, partisan political chicanery will render the unfair result of putting candidate Hall into office, irreparably harming both candidate Fossel and the public."