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Diptychs help tell a story of division

In the recent election, hotly contested races fueled heavy voter turnout in Maine. As Democrats and Republicans garnered nearly equal numbers of votes, this state mirrored the nation – painfully divided and lacking much room or willingness for compromise. Two days after the election, co-worker Whitney Hayward and I visited two contrasting towns whose voting patterns help illustrate this trend – Greene, which voted 69.1 percent for Republican incumbent Gov. Paul LePage, and Hallowell, which voted 65 percent for Democrat Mike Michaud. Our photos were published in the Press Herald as diptychs, with Whitney’s images of Republican Greene on the right and my images of Democratic Hallowell on the left.

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