Here’s who’s replacing Paul LePage as Maine’s governor |

November 8th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democrat Janet Mills won the race to succeed firebrand GOP Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to serve as Maine’s chief executive.

The former lawmaker was set to greet patrons at Becky’s Diner in Portland Wednesday morning following her Tuesday victory over Republican businessman Shawn Moody and independent state treasurer Terry Hayes.

Mills pledged to usher in an era of “open doors” and collaboration in state government. She also vowed to change the tone after eight years of LePage’s combative style, and to fight Trump administration policies on environmental, immigration and welfare.

“Hope has been severely challenged in the last few years — both here in Maine and across the country,” she said Tuesday. “Challenged by the politics of cynicism, of fear, of distrust, of anger.”

When asked during the campaign about the significance of her gubernatorial run as a woman, Mills instead often stressed her own personal experience as a lawmaker and prosecutor. But she said Tuesday that she hopes her win sends a message “to the women and girls of Maine of any age.”

“There is no obstacle you cannot overcome,” she said. “None.”

The gubernatorial race resulted in an advertising blitz, and liberal out-of-state groups outspent Republicans on attack ads on behalf of Mills. Mills spent roughly $3 million and outside groups spent at least $7.7 million to boost her, while total spending for Moody’s campaign was $5.8 million, according to

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