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Dan Albas re-elected in Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Conservative Dan Albas won in Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola
October 21, 2019 - 8:34 PM

The outcome was never in doubt.

Conservative Dan Albas was re-elected for the third time in tonight’s federal election.

With 176 of 227 polls reporting, he has a healthy lead on his competitors. He's got 47.7 per cent of the vote compared to Mary Ann Murphy with 23.5 per cent. He has 21,954 votes to Murphy's 11,354.

Albas was first elected easily in 2011 to what was then the Okanagan-Coquihalla that was long-held by Stockwell Day. He was then re-elected in 2015 to the new Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola riding by a narrow margin over Liberal Karley Scott.

This time, his main challenge was from Liberal Mary Ann Murphy, a UBCO professor who never broke free from strong showings by NDP and Green candidates.

Albas’ win came despite the fact that he had backed Maxime Bernier as his co-chair for B.C. during the 2017 race to replace former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. When Bernier left the Conservatives to create the People’s Party of Canada, Albas pledged his support for Andrew Scheer.

The Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola riding consists mostly of West Kelowna with about 20,000 downtown Kelowna voters and stretches south of Summerland and includes Princeton, Merritt and Logan Lake.

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