NDP incumbent Lorne Dach held on in southwest Edmonton’s Edmonton-McClung, with more than 4,000 advanced ballots still needing to be counted in the days ahead.
The race between Dach, 61, and UCP candidate Laurie Mozeson, was tight but both were handily in front of Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel as of 10 p.m.
The former Edmonton mayor was running a distant third with 21 per cent of the vote.
Dach held 43 per cent of the vote with 72 of 75 polls reporting, trailed by UCP candidate Laurie Mozeson, 67, with 34 per cent.
But more than 4,200 votes remain to be counted from the ‘vote anywhere’ ballots that will start being counted Wednesday at 1 p.m.
“People speak, people vote, the results you have to respect,” Mandel, 73, told reporters at the Alberta Party headquarters.
Dach lead means he will take on a second term after serving as an NDP backbencher since 2015 when he was elected with 55 per cent of the vote in the riding.
72 of 75 polls reporting as of 10 p.m.
Lorne Dach NDP 5,419
Laurie Mozeson UCP 4,281
Stephen Mandel AP 2,644
Gordon Perrott AAP 130
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