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Janet Mills Says She's Undecided On Presidential Candidate As Maine’s Primary Approaches

Robert F. Bukaty
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Maine Gov. Janet Mills in Feb. 2019.

Gov. Janet Mills says she has not yet decided which Democrat she’ll vote for in the upcoming presidential primary.

In two weeks, Maine Democrats go to the polls to choose which candidate they want to take on incumbent Donald Trump. Maine’s top Democrat says the primary was a topic for Democratic governors earlier this month as they met in Washington, and she says many expressed the importance of nominating someone who can win in November.

“That sounds like a universal concern among everybody, at least among the Democratic party and I share that concern as well,” she says. “The New Hampshire primary really didn’t really settle anything in terms of the ‘winnability’ factor. I want somebody who can be forceful and stand up for all Democrats but also attract Republicans and independents to the polls.”

Mills says she is looking for a candidate who will also be able to raise enough money to challenge Trump.

Mills says she will be closely watching the Nevada caucuses and the South Carolina primary in the next few weeks and says like many Democrats, she may not decide how to vote until she walks into her polling place.

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads Maine Public's news coverage of politics and government and is based at the State House.