Mills Leads Democratic Primary For Governor

Grace Carr | Reporter

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills leads against a list of Democratic candidates in Tuesday’s Maine gubernatorial primary.

With 77 percent of precincts reporting, Mills received 32.7 percent of the vote. Experts expected the vote to be tight among the top contenders, but favored Mills going into the primaries. Adam Cote garnered 28.4 percent of the vote and Betsy Sweet received 16.2 percent of the vote. (RELATED: GOP Shawn Moody Sweeps Maine Gubernatorial Primary Race)

Democratic candidates Mark Eves, Mark Dion, Diane Russell and Donna Dion received minimal votes.

Since Mills didn’t receive over 50 percent of the vote, officials will continue counting second and third place votes until either she or Adam Cote gets a majority of votes.

Mills ran on her own record and experience, promising a government that will respond more proactively and expand Medicaid coverage. “I’ve spent my life fighting to protect Maine families, defend working people, and preserve our stunning natural resources,” Mills wrote on her campaign website. “As Governor, I will do everything in my power to make Maine the safe, beautiful, prosperous state we all want for our children and grandchildren.”

The winner will take on Republican candidate Shawn Moody in the general election to determine who will replace sitting GOP Gov. Paul LePage.

Election officials hope to have a winner announced by June 20.

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