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Janet Mills, Paul LePage look ahead to November's gubernatorial race after uncontested primary wins

In Maine, incumbent Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, left, and former Republican Gov. Paul LePage will face off for the 2022 election for governor.
Robert F. Bukaty
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In Maine, incumbent Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, left, and former Republican Gov. Paul LePage will face off for the 2022 election for governor.

PORTLAND, Maine — Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage is seeking a political comeback.

With no opposition, he coasted to the Republican nomination for governor on Tuesday, setting up a fierce general election campaign against Democratic incumbent Janet Mills.

The race is among just a handful of competitive governor's contests this year.

The matchup revives a longstanding rivalry between LePage and Mills. The two were often at loggerheads when LePage was governor and Mills was attorney general.

The campaign is emerging as a barometer of whether voters this year will be motivated by economic anxiety or political civility.