Maine AG Mills wins Democratic nomination in Nation's first ever rank choice primary for governor’s race

Attorney General Janet Mills has won the Democratic nomination in Maine governor’s race.

After a week of anticipation, Democrats have finally learned who won the party's nomination to run for governor following the nation's first statewide election using ranked-choice voting.

The end tally was 54 percent for Mills, 46 percent for Adam Cote.

“Janet Mills won this race,” said Cote. “She was strong everywhere across the state, as her vote totals show. Our primary is over and it is time for all Democrats and all Mainers who want to see a better future for our state to get involved and help Janet run the strongest campaign possible and win in November.”

“I want to thank all of my fellow Democratic candidates for making the sacrifices required to run for governor over this past year. We all got to know each other pretty well and could give each other’s speeches by the end. What unites us all is a belief that Maine deserves better and that we need bold, progressive leadership to move Maine forward. I was proud to run with four strong, experienced Democratic women in this campaign and, as I said every day and at convention, we need to elect a Democrat – now clearly Janet Mills – so we have a governor who is committed to pursuing those policies.

Mill's statement to supporters:

I'm deeply honored to accept this nomination, and I'm so excited to get to work to win the general election.

I want to thank everyone who has been a part of our campaign, from the bottom of my heart. To my staff, our wonderful volunteers and interns, every person who chipped in to keep the lights on, and the voters who made their voices heard: thank you for your support, your confidence in me, your time and your dedication. It's because of you that we got this far, and it's with you that we're going to win in November. I also want to thank each of my fellow Democratic candidates who ran in this primary. I'm so proud that we made this election about real issues affecting Maine families, from guaranteeing access to affordable healthcare to ensuring good jobs are available across our state.

We've said from the beginning that there is far more that unites us than divides us, and I know we are all committed to uniting Mainers behind our shared values and the promise of a better future. We believe in a Maine where no child goes to school hungry and where they get a world-class education no matter what part of our state they live in.

Where we have good-paying jobs with benefits and attract new Mainers and new industries. Where no senior is driven out of their home by crushing property taxes or can't afford heat in the winter. Where our mental health system takes care of our most vulnerable citizens, and where we finally address the opiate crisis with care and compassion.

We believe in a Maine where our people are once again united in the pursuit of a better future for ourselves, our families, and the state we all love. I really do believe the next best chapter in our state's history has yet to be written, so let's start writing it -- together!