Maine governor scrawls 'stolen election' near his signature certifying voting result

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2018, file photo, Gov. Paul LePage delivers the State of the State address to the Legislature at the State House in Augusta, Maine. LePage confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 208, that he was transported via LifeFlight to a Bangor hospital in August while visiting family in New Brunswick, Canada. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

WASHINGTON (SBG) - Outgoing Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage left more than his signature on a document certifying the results of a much contested election Friday, according to WGME.

LePage tweeted that he reluctantly signed off on the results from the November election for Maine's Second Congressional District because it's no longer being appealed in federal court.

On the signature line right next to his initials, LePage wrote in protest: "Stolen election."

Democrat Jared Golden won the district in the nation's first congressional election using ranked choice voting. Republican Congressman Bruce Poliquin effectively conceded the race by announcing he was ending his legal battle contesting Maine's voting law.

LePage, a longtime critic of ranked choice voting, added in his tweet that he doesn't think that the process resulted in "a true majority as promised- simply a plurality measured differently."

Congressman-elect Golden responded to LePage's bold statements, tweeting that the governor's comments are "wrong" and do not reflect the will of state residents.

Golden begins his term on January 3.

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