Federal judge to hear RCV arguments today

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WASHINGTON (WMTW) - The results of Maine's 2nd Congressional District election are going back to federal court today.

It comes one month after Mainers made history by using ranked choice voting for the first in u.s. house and senate races.

Current congressman republican Bruce Poliquin won in the first round, but not by a majority.

Democratic challenger Jared Golden beat Poliquin by more than 3,000 votes in ranked choice voting tabulations.

Poliquin wants a judge to either declare him the winner or to order a second election.

He says it's important to settle this issue on the national level.

"It is my responsibility," Poliquin said. "It is my duty to make sure we get to the bottom of this. Otherwise, 20, 30 years from now, maybe 2 years from now, you know, 'Poliquin was the first test. Why didn't he get an answer for us?' We're trying to get an answer for the people of Maine, and the rest of the country."

Poliquin has requested a recount. That process will start tomorrow and is expected to take about a month.