Ex-Maine Gov. Paul Lepage to face Gov. Janet Mills after both run unopposed in primaries

A Soros-backed super PAC poured $300,000 into attack ads in a district attorney's primary

Updated: June 14, 2022 - 8:24pm

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Maine Democratic Gov. Janet Mills will face the state's former Republican governor, Paul LePage, this Fall after both ran unopposed in their primaries, while a Soros-backed group has poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into a local district attorney primary.

LePage left office in 2019 after serving two terms, the maximum consecutive number that Maine permits. He has accused Mills of being "determined to destroy" the state's economy, among other things.

LePage called himself "Donald Trump before Donald Trump," and he enthusiastically supported the 45th president, Politico reported. The former governor made controversial statements during his time in office, such as joking about wanting to shoot his rivals.

Mills has touted her handling of Maine's budget, which resulted in an $850 surplus to taxpayers.

Although LePage won the most votes for any governor in the state's history in 2014, a Pan Atlantic Research poll from last month showed LePage trailing behind Mills at 42.4% to 46.4%. 

Democratic incumbent Cumberland County District Attorney Jonathan Sahrbeck faces a fierce primary against Jacqueline Sartoris.

A Soros-backed super PAC poured $300,000 into attack ads against Sarhbeck, who was elected as an independent in 2018, the Associated Press reported.

The ads claim Sartoris is the only "lifelong Democrat" in the campaign as the two battle to represent Maine's most highly populated county.

Democratic billionaire George Soros is known for funding left-wing district attorneys across the country.

The only competitive House race in Maine is the GOP primary for the state's 2nd District. 

Former U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin is facing off against Liz Caruso, who is the top official of Caratunk, a town of about 80 people.

Poliquin represented the district until he was beaten by current Democratic Rep. Jared Golden.