Maine Governor: Democrat Janet Mills will stay in office, defeating GOP challenger Paul LePage

Fox News can now predict that Democrat Janet Mills will remain governor of Maine. She defeats GOP candidate and former Governor Paul LePage.

Mills, who became Maine’s first female governor, previously served as the state’s attorney general before taking the job in 2018.

LePage, the former mayor of Waterville, Maine, served two terms as governor beginning in 2011, before being ousted by incumbent Democrat Mills in the 2018 election.


Maine Governor Janet Mills delivers her state of the state address at the Maine State House on Thursday.
(Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald)

The pair faced off in four debates this fall, clashing over crucial medium-term issues like inflation, education, abortion and COVID-19.

“I’ve been there. I’ve done it once, I can do it again. I’m the guy with a business background,” LePage said, touting his economic records as governor during the final debate.

Mills highlighted the inflation relief checks being sent to Maine taxpayers under his watch, while LePage made cutting state income taxes central to his campaign and fired Mills for overspending, calling his relief checks a “gimmick” during the second gubernatorial debate.


Abortion was also a key issue in the race. “As long as I am governor, my veto pen will stand in the way of any effort to undermine, roll back or outright eliminate the right to safe and legal abortion,” Mills tweeted in June.

Paul LePage, former Republican Governor of Maine.

Paul LePage, former Republican Governor of Maine.
(Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald)

In contrast, LePage has expressed support for pro-life policies, although he has said he would veto any bill banning abortion at the 15th week of pregnancy, and that he favors the prohibition of late abortion, except “in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is in danger.”

Mills’ campaign outperformed LePage, raising $4.8 million as of Sept. 27, compared to LePage’s $2.2 million.

Fox News’ Alexandra Orbuch contributed to this report.


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