Record level of women elected in Maine

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine voters are sending a record number of women to the Statehouse.

A total of 72 female lawmakers are headed to the Legislature now dominated by Democrats. In all, there are 12 women in the Senate and a record-breaking 60 women in the House.

Voters also elected the state's first female governor, Attorney General Janet Mills.

The Center for American Women and Politics says over 2,000 women including roughly 1,300 Democrats and 600 Republicans will serve in state legislatures in 2019.

An Associated Press' analysis of state campaign finance reports shows $667,000 in outside spending by liberal groups boosted the number of women elected to legislative office. That's about four times more than Republican groups spent on those races.