Saturday, March 8, 2014
Watch LePage's acceptance speech
From staff and wire reports
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Watch LePage press conference
Paul LePage speaks to supporters at the election results party at Champions in Waterville Tuesday night.
Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans
“I didn’t want to stand in his way and extend the uncertainty,” Cutler said at a press conference at his campaign headquarters in Portland. “It wouldn’t be good for him or the state.”
He said LePage thanked him but didn’t say much more.
Cutler said he went to bed around 2:30 a.m. today knowing he didn’t have enough votes to win the election but he was hopeful that the tally would be close enough to justify a recount. By mid-morning, though, trailing by nearly 7,000 voters with more than 90 percent of precincts reporting, he concluded that the chance of prevailing was not strong enough to justify the expense of a recount.
“I don’t see the benefit outweighing the costs,” he said.
Cutler become emotional at times as he read his speech, particularly when he said he had run to honor his grandfather and also Ed Muskie, for whom he had worked as a young man.
During this press conference, Cutler never mentioned the name of Libby Mitchell, the Democratic nominee who finished a distant third with 19 percent of the vote. Mitchell and The Maine Democratic Party had run negative ads against Cutler. Cutler, who did not run any negative ads, said his recent surge in the polls was a victory for those who oppose negative campaign advertising.
“I believe we have stuck a dagger in the heart of negative advertising in the state,” he said.