BIDDEFORD – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steven Rowe started his day at Becky’s Diner in Portland, swung over to Westbrook for a festival and attended a family friend’s graduation party.

He was just warming up.

5 p.m., he was at a Biddeford fundraiser, setting out on a historic walking tour of the city with his wife, Amanda, and daughter Lindsay before moving on to an auction and dinner gala at the city’s North Dam Mill. After that, he was due at a Scarborough house party. He was scheduled for a live TV interview at 6:45 a.m. the next day.

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate from Portland said he expected to keep up a similar pace right up until the last vote is cast in Tuesdays’s primary elections.

“There are a lot of people out there, and we have tried to touch as many as possible,” said Rowe.

Rowe is competing against Democrats Pat McGowan of Hallowell, Elizabeth Mitchell of Vassalboro and Rosa Scarcelli of Portland. But he said he is feeling optimistic about his political future and expects to win Tuesday’s primary.

The former state attorney general said he has seen no major changes in the mood of the voters over the past few months. He said Maine residents have consistently raised the same concern since the start of his campaign.

“Economic insecurity,” said Rowe.

He said although the days have been long — often starting as 3:45 a.m. and not ending until after debates at night — he has found the campaign energizing.

“I feel great. It has all been worth it,” Rowe said.

He said the entire campaign has been a humbling experience.

“I am finding a lot of support. They are most encouraging, and many say, ‘Thanks for running,’” said Rowe.

The support has made him feel a sense of responsibility to do his best to win, said Rowe.

So today after his TV interview, he will be knocking on doors in the southern tier of the state, slowly making his way northward in his trusty Honda which has 262,000 miles on the odometer.

He plans to start Monday in Madawaska at the state’s northern tip before hitting the road south, making stops all the way down to an unspecified location in York County.

 

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