Shawn Moody projected winner of Republican primary for governor
GORHAM (WGME) – Shawn Moody is the projected winner of the Republican primary for Governor of Maine, according to unofficial results.
As of early Wednesday morning, with 71% percent of precincts reporting, Moody had 56% of the vote. Garrett Mason had 23% of the vote, Mary Mayhew had 15% and Ken Fredette had 6%.
Moody was considered one of the front-runners in the field of four trying to lock down the Republican nomination for governor. He ran for the same office back in 2010 as an independent.
On Tuesday night, it was a full house at Shawn Moody's namesake business in his hometown of Gorham, packed with family, friends and supporters.
He arrived at Tuesday night's watch party a little before 7 p.m., which was held at Moody Collision Center's flagship location.
Throughout the campaign, he's promoted himself as a regular guy, a Mainer and entrepreneur who's run several successful businesses and is now hoping to run the state.
Moody cast his vote in Gorham Tuesday morning, bypassing ranked-choice voting and voting just once for himself.
Mary Mayhew, the former head of DHHS is in third, behind Shawn Moody and Garret Mason.
Mary Mayhew spoke to supporters at the Senator Inn in Augusta before leaving for the evening Tuesday.
Despite a large deficit in the polls, there was a lot of positivity in the room.
Mayhew is the former commissioner of Maine's Department of Health and Human Services.
She worked under Governor LePage for six years, stepping down last year in advance of announcing her candidacy for governor.
Tuesday night, Mayhew's campaign spokesperson says she has not called any other candidates and won't until more precincts are reported, but she told her supporters that her goals remain the same for the state of Maine.
"I will do everything I can to make sure that there is a Republican in the Blaine House next January," Mayhew said.
Mayhew also expressed tremendous displeasure with the new ranked-choice voting system.
She called it a scam and hopes to at least see it delayed.