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National group pours $300K into Maine’s Democratic gubernatorial primary

BANGOR, Maine — A national group backing Attorney General Janet Mills in Maine’s Democratic gubernatorial primary dumped $300,000 into the race this week, setting aside most of it to attack attorney Adam Cote, who could be rising in a crowded field.

The campaign arm of EMILY’s List, a national group backing female Democratic candidates, committed $300,000 on Monday to a new political committee called Maine Women Together that registered with the state last week. It spent $200,000 on digital advertising by Tuesday — less than a week before the June 12 primary to replace the term-limited Gov. Paul LePage.

Mills of Farmington was endorsed by EMILY’s List in January. The group has Maine connections after hiring Emily Cain, a former Democratic legislator who lost two 2nd Congressional District races in 2014 and 2016, as its executive director nearly a year ago.

Seven Democrats and four Republicans are running for their gubernatorial nominations next week, and the races are unsettled. The only public poll in the race — published in early May by the Bangor Daily News — had Mills and Republican Shawn Moody as the front-runners.

That was long ago in campaign time and before candidates went up with television ads. Maine’s primaries will also be the first statewide races in U.S. history to be decided by ranked-choice voting and Cote raised nearly $1 millionby last weekend, more than any other primary hopeful. Such a large expense indicates that Mills’ backers see Cote as her main threat.

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