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LePage and Mitchell Come Out on Top 

(AP) Waterville mayor Paul LePage, a favorite of many in the conservative tea party movement, has been nominated by Maine Republicans to be their candidate for governor. LePage, a career businessman, says he’s shocked by the overwhelming backing as he handily defeated six other candidates. He says it indicates Mainers want smaller government and more fiscal responsibility. While some of the GOP candidates distanced themselves from tea party-inspired planks in the state’s Republican platform, LePage courted the movement’s activists. LePage will face the winner of a four-way Democratic race and three nonparty independent candidates in November in the race to succeed term-limited Gov. John Baldacci.Maine Senate President Elizabeth “Libby” Mitchell has been nominated by the state’s Democrats to be their candidate for governor. Mitchell, of Vassalboro, drew about 35 percent of the vote to win the four-way race. She will face Republican Paul LePage, a favorite of the conservative tea party movement, and three nonparty independents in November in the race to succeed term-limited Gov. John Baldacci. Mitchell, an attorney, is the first woman in America to serve as both state Senate president and state House speaker. The former teacher served 12 terms in the Legislature and for seven years on the Federal Home Loan Bank Board.(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)