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+Janet Mills (D) i
376,934
55.69%
Paul LePage (R)
287,304
42.45%
Sam Hunkler (I)
12,581
1.86%

676,819

Total ballots counted: 680,909 (4,090 blank).
Plurality: 89,630 votes (13.24 percentage points).

 ME Secretary of State




Notes: 
Gov. Janet Mills (D), won a second term (>), defeating former Gov. Paul LePage (R), who was attempting a comeback, and retired doctor Sam Hunkler (I). 

LePage who established a reputation as a combative and controversial figure during his two terms as governor, was term-limited in 2018.  After finishing his tenure, LePage moved to Ormond Beach, FL and registered to vote there.  In mid-2020 he reestablished his residency in Maine.  LePage announced that he would run for governor on July 5, 2021, and he launched his campaign on Sept. 22 (>). 

Mills announced her re-election bid on Mar. 8, 2022 (>).  She previously served as Attorney General from 2009-11 and 2013-19.  She also served six years in the Maine House and was a candidate for Congress in 1994.

There were five debates:

Oct. 4 - all three candidates: Maine Public, the Portland Press-Herald and the Lewiston Sun Journal, in Lewiston (1, 2);

Oct. 6 - Mills and LePage: Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues at
the Holiday Inn Portland-By The Bay;

Oct. 24 -
Mills and LePage: WGME and Bangor Daily News at CBS13 studios in Portland;
 

Oct. 27 - Mills and LePage: News Center Maine [WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2] and Maine State Chamber at the Holiday Inn Portland-By The Bay (>);

Nov. 3 - Mills and LePage: WABI, WMTW and WAGM at the University of Southern Maine in Portland (>).

Campaign Managers:
Janet Mills: 
Alexandra Raposo
(Nov. 2021)  Deputy campaign manager on Warnock for Georgia, Apr. 2020-Mar. 2021.  Chief of staff at Numero, Sept. 2019-Apr. 2020.  Senior director for campaign fundraising (Feb. 2018-Mar. 2019) and campaign finance advisor (Feb. 2017-Feb. 2018) at EMILY's List.  Finance director on Missourians for Kander, Feb. 2015-Nov. 2016.  Finance director on Romanoff for Congress, May 2013-Nov. 2014.  State Party Victory Fund manager at the DNC, May 2011-Apr. 2013.  Wisconsin deputy operations director on Obama for America, Oct.-Nov. 2012.  Finance assistant on Betsy Markey for Congress, May-Nov. 2010.  Staff assistand/legislative correspondent in the U.S. House, Feb. 2009-Feb. 2010.  Field director on Adam Smith for Congress, June-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in politics and government from University of Puget Sound.

Paul LePage:  Joe Turcotte
(July 2021)  President of Turcotte Consulting & Creative Strategies, from Nov. 2020.  Maine state director for the RNC, July 2017-Nov. 2020.  Political director (Dec. 2014-July 2017) and state field director (Nov. 2013-Nov. 2014) for the Maine Republican Party.  Field staffer for the Maine Republican Party, July-Aug. 2013.  Legislative aide for Maine Senate Republicans, Aug.-Dec. 2012.  B.A. in political science and government from Assumption College, 2012.


See also: 
Steve Mistler.  "Janet Mills defeats Paul LePage to win 2nd term as Maine governor."  Maine Public, Nov. 9, 2022.

Randy Billings.  "Outside money pouring into Maine's race for governor."  Portland Press Herald, Sept. 15, 2022.

Sasha Abramsky.  "Paul LePage Is Back!"  The Nation, May 31, 2022.

Douglas Rooks.  "Sam Hunkler is bringing some fresh air to Maine's race for governor."  seacoastonline.com, Apr. 10, 2022.

Louis Jacobson.  "Maine's 'Trump Before Trump' Launches a Comeback Bid."  U.S. News & World Report, Sept. 8, 2021.





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