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B.C. ELECTION 2017: Eye on the Penticton riding

From left to right, Penticton MLA candidates Tarik Sayeed for the B.C. NDP, Connie Sahlmark for the B.C. Green Party and Dan Ashton for the B.C. Liberals.
May 09, 2017 - 6:30 PM

PENTICTON - It promises to be a nail-biter in the Penticton riding for the Liberals and NDP and Green Party.

Liberal MLA Dan Ashton won the riding in 2013, but not by much. He beat then New Democratic candidate Richard Cannings by 1,264 votes, taking 45.8 per cent of the popular vote to Cannings' 40.3 per cent.

Since then, Cannings went on to run and win a seat in the federal election for the NDP in 2015.

This is the first provincial election for NDP candidate Tarik Sayeed, in a riding that hasn’t been New Democrat since 1991. The NDP has been making up some ground in the past 26 years however

It remains to be seen what presence Green Party candidate Connie Sahlmark will have on the ballot. She put together a spirited campaign, and could gain some ground for her party, in addition to splitting votes to the ultimate misfortune of one of the other two parties.

The Green Party of B.C. wasn’t represented in 2013, but Green candidate Julius Bloomfield took 15.8 per cent of the popular vote in 2009.

There were 25,163 valid ballots cast in 2013, making up 58.27 per cent of registered voters in the Penticton riding.

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