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Mills, Moody jab each other gently in another tepid debate

Good morning from Augusta. Maine’s gubernatorial candidates met in their second-to-last debate on Sunday and the squabbling was again minimal as the hopefuls looked to make their closing statements in a race to be decided in eight days.

Aside from one chippy exchange, the front-runners — Attorney General Janet Mills, a Democrat, and Republican businessman Shawn Moody — stayed their courses and highlighted their respective backgrounds in and out of politics. Mills out-raised him by a lot during the past month or so as well, raising her fundraising edge to $2.8 million overall to his $1.8 million.

At the debate, State Treasurer Terry Hayes, an independent weathering criticism for being a potential “spoiler” in the race, made a play for liberal voters over ranked-choice voting. The other independent, Alan Caron, may leave the race this morning.

Moody took on Mills over her record on taxes and said he is committed to funding Medicaid expansion. The testiest exchange between Moody and Mills came when the Republican asked the Democrat a question about her record on taxes during the Sunday debate in Bangor hosted by Maine Public.

To read the rest of “Mills, Moody jab each other gently in another tepid debate,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer Michael Shepherd, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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