- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - Maine voters have elected Republican Shane Bouchard as the next mayor of Lewiston.

The unofficial tally Tuesday was 3,663 to 3,518, with Bouchard winning by 145 votes against Democrat Ben Chin. He will replace Mayor Bob Macdonald, who served three consecutive two-year terms.

Bouchard overcame Chin’s large lead, which had about 40 percent of the vote Nov. 7. The city held a runoff election between the two candidates after neither received a clear majority.

Bouchard tells the Sun-Journal voters “realized the difference between campaign promises and actionable solutions.”

Voter turnout was lower than the previous election with the day’s weather including snow and freezing rain. Around 10,000 voted in November and 8,200 voted in the 2015 mayoral runoff.

Officials reported a turnout of about 7,186 people Tuesday.

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Information from: Sun-Journal, http://www.sunjournal.com

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