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     Nov. 6, 2018 Governor

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+Janet Mills (D) 
320,962
50.89%
Shawn Moody (R)
272,311
43.18%
Terry Hayes (I)
37,268
5.91%
others
126


630,667

Blank 15,346—included ballots cast for Alan Caron
Plurality 48,651 votes (7.71 percentage points).

ME Secretary of State


DEMOCRATIC PICK UP
Notes
:  Gov. Paul LePage (R) was term limited after two terms.  The race between Attorney General Mills (D) and businessman Shawn Mills (R) to succeed him in Blaine House was seen as a toss up. 
Also running in the general election were two strong independent candidates: Treasurer Terry Hayes and entrepreneur Alan Caron.    

The June 12 Democratic primary saw a crowded field; Mills (33.0%) defeated Adam Cote (28.4%), Betsy Sweet (16.2%), Mark Eves (14.5%), Mark Dion (4.2%) and Diane Russell (2.3%).  Mills had been Attorney General since Jan. 2013 and also served in the post from Jan. 2009-Jan. 2011.  She was an elected district attorney in the 1980s, ran for Congress in 1994, and served in the State House, first elected in 2002.  In the Republican primary Moody, running as an outsider and businessman, obtained 56.3%, defeating Garrett Mason (22.8%), Mary Mayhew (15.0%) and Ken Fredette (5.9%).  Moody, who built up an auto repair business, also ran as independent candidate for governor in 2010, garnering 5%.


There were many forums and debates.  The four candidates met at a forum organized by Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce in Lewiston on Sept. 10; at a Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast forum on Oct. 3; at a forum at Thomas College in Waterville on Oct. 4 (+); at University of New England with the Press-Herald on Oct. 10 (+); at Augusta Civic Center by WCSH/WLBZ and the Maine Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 17 (+); sponsored by Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, AARP and Fox Bangor/WVII ABC 7 in Bangor on Oct. 23 (+); and on WMTW Channel 8 at University of Maine at Augusta on Oct. 25 (+).

Caron dropped out of the race on Oct. 29 and endorsed Mills; his name remained on the ballot and his votes were counted as blank.

According to the Maine Ethics Commission, Mills reported total contributions of $2.8 million; Moody total contributions of $1.8 million, of which a bit more than half a million dollars came from the candidate/spouse, and $364,254 from a "commercial source;" and Caron total contributions of $781,350,of which $725,000 were loans from the candidate/spouse (+).  Hayes was the only one of the four to participate in the state's public funding program based on $5 individual contributions.  However the Clean Elections funds were held up for several months in a dispute and only released in August, which did put a crimp in her campaign.



Campaign Managers:
Janet Mills:  Jeremy Kennedy
(from early Sept. 2018)  Director of advocacy, Maine for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, from Jan. 2017.  State director on Hillary for America, June-Nov. 2016.  Executive director (Jan. 2015-June 2016) finance director (Jan. 2013-Dec. 2015) and state field director (July-Nov. 2010) at the Maine Democratic Party. Campaign manager on Libby Mitchell for Governor, April-July 2010.  Regional field organizer for the Human Rights Campaign, Sept. 2008-March 2010.  Political on Hillary Clinton's earlier presidential campaign, 2007-08.  B.A. in biology and political science from The University of Texas at Dallas, 2007.

replaced...

Michael Ambler
(June 2017-Sept. 2018)  Campaign manager (Sept.-Dec. 2016) and field/data director (Jan.-Aug. 2016) on Ro Khanna for Congress (CA).  Co-founder of Searchlight Direct Contact, June 2014-Oct. 2015.  Campaign manager on Lavine for Assembly (NY), July-Nov. 2014.  Campaign manager on Abrahams for Congress (NY), Jan.-June 2014.  Field director on Pierson for Council (Brooklyn), June-Nov. 2013.  Bachelor's degree in public policy from University of Michigan, 2013.


Shawn Moody:  Lauren LePage
Executive director of Maine People Before Politics, a nonprofit that supported Gov. LePage, Jan. 2015-June 2017.  Maine coalitions director on Donald J. Trump for President, announced Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Director of scheduling and special projects on Gov. LePage's re-election campaign, Oct. 2013-Nov. 2014.  Assistant to Gov. LePage's chief of staff, Jan. 2011-Oct. 2013.  Assistant policy director on Paul LePage for Governor, Aug.-Nov. 2010.  J.D. from University of Maine School of Law, 2017; bachelor's degree in biology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, 2010.


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