Presque Isle residents react to the election results thus far

Safe to say the 2018 gubernatorial election was a historic one.

Mainers put a female in the governor's seat for the first time in state history.

Former lawmaker and prosecutor Janet Mills - who's a democrat- beat Republican businessman Shawn Moody and independent state treasurer Terry Hayes.

"I think it's great, just shows how the country and certainly the state of Maine is making progress towards equality."

Polling officials and residents themselves were encouraged by the voter turnout- especially in the Star City. More people showed up to vote than expected.

"Yes there was so many people there and everybody was happy."

"We're a little tired of stuff, we want new leaders."

On a national level, while Republicans kept control of the Senate, Democrats won the House majority by picking up at least two dozen seats...ending the GOP's monopoly in Washington.

"It'll be interesting to see if we can make some progress going forward."

Some Washington seats though may be unknown for a while. Republican Bruce Poliquin and Democrat Jared Golden are vying to represent Maine's Second Congressional District- and officials say that race could be the first time a member of Congress is elected by way of ranked choice voting.

"It's nail biting, pure and simple."

While election season is over, certainly in many ways in the state and country, January will mean a new beginning.

Katie Zarrilli NewsSource 8