June 9, 2010

The day after: Governor's race takes shape

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Mills told the crowd at his Portland campaign office that he was proud of the work his team did.

His campaign manger, Marc Pitman, said he felt like he was on the TV show “Survivor,” “and we just got blind-sided at the tribal council.”
Abbott called LePage to concede before 11 p.m.

“I think he really ran a terrific campaign. He should be proud of the work he’s done and proud of the work his supporters have done,” Abbott said.

“Regardless of the outcome, we’re going to feel it’s a job well done,” said Michael Pajak, Beardsley’s campaign manager.

Poliquin, of Georgetown. said the results were disappointing.

“The good part is the dialogue in this state has changed for the better. We’re now talking about being fiscally responsible,” said Poliquin.

Cutler said he’s called both Mitchell and LePage with congratulations. He said the Republican and Democratic parties “reverted to their old ideological habits in a year when the vast majority of Maine voters couldn’t care less about party labels.” He noted that voter turnout was low and that the thousands who stayed home essentially voted for “none of the above.”

Scott, another independent candidate, had similar sentiments.

“The Republicans picked a fiscal conservative with a conservative social message. The Democrats picked a true social liberal from the established political class,” said Scott in a statement. “In my view, it seems like Maine’s best choice for governor will be a truly independent, fiscally conservative candidate with moderate stands on social issues.”

Staff Writers Meredith Goad, David Hench, Jenn Menendez and John Richardson contributed to this report.

Staff Writer Matt Wickenheiser can be contacted at 791-6316 or at: mwickenheiser@pressherald.com

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