Marianne Fricke (right) covers her face after Donald Trump won another state while watching election results at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor on Nov. 8.

Trump, Clinton or nobody? An awful lot of Maine voters left ballots blank

By Philip Bump, Washington Post on Dec. 14, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
It is clear that people deciding on one candidate or another instead of skipping the presidential race could have made the difference in the election.

Republican wins US Senate runoff in Louisiana, giving party 52 seats

By Bryn Stole, Reuters on Dec. 12, 2016, at 1:50 p.m.
Republican John Neely Kennedy, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, won a runoff election in Louisiana on Saturday against Democrat Foster Campbell in a race that gives the Republicans a 52-seat majority in the chamber.

Trump’s victory a sign of the dawning ‘Age of Resentment’

By Richard Ogle on Dec. 05, 2016, at 1:18 p.m.
Alone among all the candidates, Trump grasped the bitter resentment that political privileging of minorities would produce.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein speaks to students at the University of Maine in Orono during a campaign stop. Stein vowed on Saturday to bring her fight for a recount in Pennsylvania into federal court after a state judge ordered her campaign to post a $1 million bond.

Jill Stein vows to take Pennsylvania recount fight into federal court

By David DeKok, Reuters on Dec. 04, 2016, at 8:29 a.m.
Stein said she planned to announce “the next step” in the recount effort Monday at a previously scheduled news conference at Trump Tower in New York City.
Gov. Paul LePage

Without evidence, LePage tells lawmakers he can’t attest to election tallies

By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 01, 2016, at 2:11 p.m.
“I think the integrity of the election is absolutely not in question,” Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said. “I’ve asserted that a hundred times, and I’ll assert it another hundred times.”
Sen. Angus King listens as Bucksport officials discuss the potential redevelopment of the former Verso Paper mill in Bucksport recently.

Angus King, other senators ask Obama to declassify information on Russia and the election

By Craig Timberg, The Washington Post on Nov. 30, 2016, at 10:05 p.m.
Congressional negotiators approved an initiative to track and combat foreign propaganda amid growing concerns that Russian efforts to spread “fake news” threaten U.S. national security.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Milwaukee on March 28, 2016.

Clinton team to take part in Wisconsin vote recount

By Ian Simpson and Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Nov. 27, 2016, at 9:05 a.m.
The voting margins make it highly unlikely any recounts would end up giving Clinton a win in all three states, which would be needed for the overall election result to change.
Connor Mullen, 17, cheers as election results roll in on a TV screen at a Republican rally in Portland on Nov. 8.

Republicans have made big gains in rural Maine. Can they hold them?

By Michael Shepherd on Nov. 26, 2016, at 1 a.m.
The Republican insurgency into rural Maine during the era of Gov. Paul LePage may not wane when he leaves office in 2018.

North Carolina governor requests vote recount in tight race

By Daniel Trotta, Reuters on Nov. 23, 2016, at 6:35 a.m.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced on Tuesday he has officially requested a recount of votes from the Nov. 8 election with official results showing him trailing his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper, by one-tenth of a point.

Trump softens position on climate change, Clinton investigation

By Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Nov. 22, 2016, at 6:13 p.m.
President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday he was keeping an open mind on whether to pull out of a landmark international accord to fight climate change, in a softening of his stance toward global warming.

Cabinet hopefuls continue trek to Trump Tower

By Melissa Fares and Emily Stephenson, Reuters on Nov. 21, 2016, at 5:41 p.m.
President-elect Donald Trump met with a stream of Cabinet hopefuls at his Manhattan office tower on Monday, but made no further announcements, keeping candidates and the public guessing about the shape of the administration that will take over on Jan. 20.
Republican Bruce Poliquin (right) and Democrat Emily Cain can be seen during opening statements in their 2016 congressional debate held Oct. 19 at WAGM Television Station in Presque Isle.

Report: Maine’s 2nd District was No. 1 in negative advertising

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Nov. 21, 2016, at 4:35 p.m.
Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who won a second term with 55 percent of the vote, ran fewer ads overall than his Democratic challenger, Emily Cain.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference to announce that she will run again for the chancellorship in the general election next year.

Merkel says she will seek 4th term as German chancellor

By Andreas Rinke and Madeline Chambers, Reuters on Nov. 20, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
Despite a voter backlash over her open-door migrant policy, the 62-year-old conservative said she would stand again in the September election, ending months of speculation over her decision.

The 2016 election reveals progressives aren’t as tolerant as they like to think

By Jane Martin on Nov. 20, 2016, at 10:11 a.m.
American women have been asked to see ourselves in our male presidents for 2½ centuries. Yet, progressives appeared hesitant to demand that the country see themselves in even one female president.
A Facebook user checks a news feed in this illustration.

Facebook’s algorithms didn’t tilt the election

By Barry Ritholtz, Bloomberg View on Nov. 20, 2016, at 10:08 a.m.
I am skeptical that social-media posts changed many votes; people aggressively avoid ideas that challenge their basic philosophy and opinions.
A man takes a selfie in front of the Electoral College map during a U.S. election watch event hosted by the U.S. Embassy on Nov. 9 at a hotel in Seoul, South Korea.

Here’s why the founders made the Electoral College: to protect southern slave states

By Christopher Petrella on Nov. 19, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“In short, U.S. democracy is a racial project that hinges on policies of inclusion and exclusion.”
A man removes the Electoral College Map after a U.S. Election Watch event hosted by the U.S. Embassy at a hotel in Seoul, South Korea, November 9, 2016.

The Electoral College has some serious problems. Has the time come to ditch it?

By Andrew Rudalevige on Nov. 16, 2016, at 9:14 a.m.
The main repeal argument is simple: that the Electoral College is not directly democratic and violates the principle of “one person, one vote.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduces House Majority Leader Kevin McCarty (R-CA), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Jason Smith (R-MO), Luke Messer (R-IN) and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) after being renominated to be House Speaker by the House Republican caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 15.

House Speaker Paul Ryan renominated to top House post

By Susan Cornwell, Reuters on Nov. 15, 2016, at 7:02 p.m.
Republicans in the House of Representatives nominated Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday for re-election to his post next year, as lawmakers giddy with election success smoothed over their differences and pledged to unite behind Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

Trump’s pick of right-wing firebrand for White House job sparks outrage

By Susan Cornwell and Alana Wise, Reuters on Nov. 14, 2016, at 7:10 p.m.
Democrats, civil rights groups and even some Republicans slammed President-elect Donald Trump on Monday for choosing right-wing firebrand Stephen Bannon as a key aide, saying it would elevate the white nationalist movement into the top levels of the White House.

Trump will get wake-up call when he takes office, Obama says

By Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Nov. 14, 2016, at 7:06 p.m.
President-elect Donald Trump is in for a quick wake-up call and will have to adjust his temperament when he confronts the realities of his new job on Jan. 20, President Barack Obama said on Monday.