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Moody ready to "hit the ground running" after decisive primary win

The Republican winner in the gubernatorial race is businessman Shawn Moody, who crushed the field with roughly 55 percent of the vote.

GORHAM (WGME) -- The Republican winner in the gubernatorial race is businessman Shawn Moody, who crushed the field with roughly 55 percent of the vote.

He stopped just short of declaring victory Tuesday night, but celebrated his decisive win on Wednesday.

It was a late night with little sleep, but Moody said he's ready to hit the ground running. He believes his background running several successful businesses makes him the best candidate to run the state.

The Mainer is best-known for Moody's Collision Centers, the business he started as a teenager in his hometown of Gorham, that now has nearly a dozen locations. He thinks that's what's resonating with voters.

"I'm a relatable guy. I'm working everyday like Maine people and that's what they want," he said. "Someone they can relate to, that will listen to them, then go up there and really get the job done. I think that's what Mainers want. They don't want the political gridlock that happens when people are more politically motivated than just doing what's best."

Moody said his support in the primary was spread all across the state. He's hoping the momentum will help carry him to the Blaine House in November.

Despite taking the majority and avoiding the ranked-choice process, Moody said he's still opposed to the new voting system. It will not be used in the governor's race during the general election.

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