Republicans choose Moody, Mills leads for Democrats

By Stephen Betts | Jun 12, 2018

Knox County was following the state trend Tuesday night, June 12, with Shawn Moody receiving a majority of votes in the Republican primary for governor.

And Democrat Janet Mills was leading in her party's race for governor. With ranked-choice voting, however, the winner of the Democratic primary will not be known for several days.

In Knox County, with 15 communities reporting (North Haven and Appleton not included), Moody had slightly more than 50 percent of the vote, with 1,505 ballots selecting him as their lead choice among Republicans. Mary Mayhew was a distant second 575. Garrett Mason came in third with 466, and Kenneth Fredette finished with 130 votes.

Moody, the owner of a chain of auto repair shops, is hoping to succeed Republican Gov. Paul LePage who is completing his eighth year in office.

He was the top choice in each of the Knox County communities that reported.

On the Democratic side, Maine Attorney General Mills led in Knox County, with those 15 communities giving her 1,242 votes. Adam Cote came in second with 1,106 vote. Mark Eves had 882 votes, Elizabeth Sweet 855, Mark Dion 125, Diane Russell 72, and Donna Dion 31.

In Rockland, Eves had the most second-place votes with 187 and Sweet had 177 second-place votes, followed by 143 for Mills and 111 for Cote.

Mills received the most votes in all the Knox communities except Camden where Cote received 379 votes to 286 for Mills; Union, where Cote outpolled her as the top choice, 65 to 59; Hope where Cote topped Mills 58 to 55; and Matinicus, where Eves and Cote each had three votes compared to two each for Mills and Sweet.

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