Former sheriff carries massive lead into ranked-choice tally for Portland mayor

Portland Metropolis Councilor Mark Dion held an enormous lead after the primary spherical of voting for the town’s open mayoral seat on Tuesday evening, however two of his extra progressive opponents may nonetheless win the ranked-choice voting race.

Dion, a former Cumberland County sheriff and state lawmaker, gained 39.6 p.c of votes to 26.4 p.c for Councilor Andrew Zarro and 21.9 p.c for Councilor Pious Ali. Former Councilor Justin Costa acquired 7.9 p.c, whereas political newcomer Dylan Pugh acquired 4 p.c.

The race might be determined in a ranked-choice voting tally at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Pugh might be eradicated and the second decisions of his voters might be reallocated to the remaining candidates. That course of will proceed till one candidate wins a majority.