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Upset recorded in Victoria-The Lakes

PC candidate Keith Bain hugs a supporter on hearing the news that he won the riding of Victoria-The Lakes.
PC candidate Keith Bain hugs a supporter on hearing the news that he won the riding of Victoria-The Lakes.

BIG BRAS D’OR, N.S. - It was a landslide victory for PC candidate Keith Bain in Victoria-The Lakes.

Bain won with more than 2,000 votes over Liberal rival and sitting MLA Pam Eyking, taking 58 per cent of the vote.

“I woke up at 3 a.m. wondering how things were going to go,” he said on the front porch of his house as supporters celebrate his win inside.

“Now I feel great, just fantastic.”

It was a little touch and go at the beginning as Eyking took the lead after 10 of the 40 polling stations were reported. However, after another four polls were returned Bain jumped ahead and there was no looking back.

“I am so pleased the people of Victoria-The Lakes want me in there, to represent them again. I am humbled by it,” he said.

Another close race that was unexpected was in Cape Breton-Richmond. Incumbent Michel Samson of the Liberal party was the favourite to win and has won the past six elections. However, the minister of energy was neck and neck with PC candidate Alana Paon. At times there were only one or two votes separating them. As of midnight, Paon was ahead by 13 votes with one poll left to be counted.

Bain believes the issues with health care and education in Cape Breton is what made voters decide to vote for the PC party. But one of the first things he wants to make happen is road repairs on secondary roads.

“Money invested in the roads now will help save from more costly repairs at a later date. And God knows we need it.”

In Inverness County, incumbent and PC Allan MacMaster took the lead from the start and never looked back. MacMaster won 62% of the votes, looked back, getting 2,340 more votes than Liberal candidate Bobby Morris.

 nicolejsullivan@icloud.com

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