State Politics

Maine Governor Race 2022 – Week of 9/11

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As Maine draws towards election day 2022, gubernatorial candidates Janet Mills (Incumbent, Democrat) and Paul LePage (Republican) are racing to capture the minds and votes of Maine voters in a tight race. 

LePage, who served as Maine governor from 2011-2019, is now running again as the Republican candidate. LePage’s platform consists of growing Maine’s economy and reducing Maine’s tax burden for all. LePage’s status as governor for two previous terms makes him a familiar face to Mainers, and as such holds the trust of much of the Maine population.

However, incumbent Democrat Janet Mills is favored by experts. Steve Shepard, the chief Politico election reporter, favors Mills as the incumbent, and with her remarkable fundraising efforts, Mills is seen as a qualified candidate to most Mainers. Mills is also favored in general election polling, as seen in the figure below:

General election polling for Maine governor – Source: https://www.270towin.com/2022-governor-polls/maine

Mills’ platform highlights affordable healthcare for all, and promises to provide equal access to education for all. Furthermore, with the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June, Mills has taken a clear stance that abortion rights will be protected under her administration. Comparatively, LePage has been avoidant of the topic, and it’s unclear if Mainers reproductive rights would remain protected under his administration. Abortion rights have been on the top of many Mainers minds, and with Maine being a historically pro-choice state, the issue is a chief motivator for many Maine voters.

While Mills is overall favored, LePage does provide a challenge to her, as LePage has deep roots as a Maine politician. Time will tell on election day, November 8, 2022. You can find when and where to vote on: www.vote.org/polling-place-locator

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