Robert F. Bukaty | AP

PORTLAND, Maine — Democrat Janet Mills said Wednesday that her top priorities as Maine’s next governor will be expanding Medicaid as voters demanded in 2017, lowering health insurance premiums and tackling the opioid crisis that has claimed hundreds of lives.

Just hours after claiming victory over Republican businessman Shawn Moody and independent state treasurer Terry Hayes, Mills paid a visit to a waterfront diner where she shook voters’ hands and thanked them for their support.

Fulfilling her priorities will be easier, she said, because Democrats won control of the Maine Senate and widened their majority in the House. It’ll be the first time since 2010, when Republican Gov. Paul LePage was elected to his first term, that one party has control of both the Blaine House and the Statehouse.

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She said a Democratic-controlled Legislature will

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