Just after midnight, Republican gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody conceded to Democrat Janet Mills, making Mills Maine's first female governor.
According to results gathered by the Bangor Daily News, with 287 of 582 precincts reporting, Mills received 49.7 percent of the vote to Moody’s 44.1 percent.
“I’m humbled by the faith you’ve placed in me," Mills said to her supporters about 12:30 a.m. "And I’m so excited for the future that lies ahead.”
She hearkened back to the campaign slogan of President Barack Obama, calling for hope. "Hope that good people could unite behind. Hope that could bend the moral universe toward justice. That hope has been severely challenged both here in Maine and across country, a challenge of fear, mistrust and anger.” She said the voters of Maine are saying, “It is time for hope once again. Time to dream once again. Time for a new day in Maine. I’ve heard the message loud and clear. We will lead Maine in a new better direction.”
In his concession speech, Moody sounded a pragmatic note.
"No sugar coating. Take the medicine. We lost we lost the race.,” he said, saying both he and Mills ran a spirited race. “This is about Maine. I’m hoping every one can push through this and say, ‘Everyone has the best interest of Maine at heart.’”
In polling Tuesday, residents explained why this race was so important, particularly in light of the policies of President Trump.
York resident Kinley Gregg supported Mills for governor. “I actually agree with her on women’s issues, for example,” Gregg said. “That’s one place where I think she differentiates herself from other candidates in this race. Environmental issues, you hope that she would be strong.”
Jim Bartlett, of York, said he believes Mills has the “experience and outlook I believe we need in the state after eight years of Paul LePage.”
“My hope is she puts Alan Caron in the cabinet somehow, because I love a lot of his ideas for moving forward economically — ideas that are not the same old, same old. She just touches a lot of the things I support,” Bartlett said.
Patrick and Britton Garon said it was the governor’s race that drew them to the polls. They supported Mills.
“I think she stands out,” Patrick Garon said. “She is vocal when that’s not necessarily a popular thing to do."