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Bill Would Require Majority to be Elected Governor 

Maine’s last two governors have been elected with less than a majority vote. Now, a Republican senator’s proposing an amendment to the state Constitution that would require more than 50 percent of the vote – in a runoff if necessary.Sen. Tom Saviello of Wilton presented his bill Wednesday to the Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee. Saviello says he’s been mulling the idea for nine years.As it now stands in Maine, a candidate who gets the most votes – regardless of the percentage of the total number of votes cast – becomes governor.In the last two elections, with multiple candidates running, Republican Gov. Paul LePage, and his Democratic predecessor John Baldacci, have each been elected with 38 percent of the vote.(Associated Press)