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Janet Mills narrowly leads Democratic primary for governor

Attorney General Janet Mills is currently leading all other Democrats with 33-percent of the vote, followed by attorney and veteran Adam Cote with 29-percent. (WGME)

LEWISTON (WGME) --Maine became the first state to use ranked-choice voting statewide on Tuesday.

Republicans selected Shawn Moody as the Republican nominee, but there is not a clear winner for the Democrats currently.

Attorney General Janet Mills is currently leading all other Democrats with 33-percent of the vote, followed by attorney and veteran Adam Cote with 29-percent.

Since no candidate has more than 50-percent of the vote to become the nominee, the counting moves on to a second round under the new ranked-choice system.

Mills and Cote say they're ready to be patient over the next few days as they continue to wait for the final results.

“It's like waiting for a jury to come back. You know I’m a trial lawyer, I’ve waited for many juries to come back. It’s the worst part of a trial. But you have to be patient, and I think I’m okay with the results. I really am. I’m satisfied, I've done everything we can do,” Mills said.

“We knew this was going to be a very, very close race. It's proven to be a close race. It's going to probably about a week and we don’t know how it’s going to end up, none of us do, myself included,” Cote said.

Mills said she is happy to have become close to the six other Democrats she faced during the campaign and regardless of whose name ends up being on the ballot in November, she says the ultimate goal is to have a Democrat in the Blaine House next year.

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