ELECTION 2015: UPDATE: NDP's Cannings wins in South Okanagan-West Kootenay

Liberal candidate Connie Denesiuk congratulates NDP candidate Richard Cannings, who was elected member of Parliament for the new riding of South Okanagan-West Kootenay in the 2015 federal election.

PENTICTON - Like his campaign slogan said, “It’s Cannings time.”

The NDP's Richard Cannings, 61, is heading to Ottawa after winning in the new riding of South Okanagan-West Kootenay.

Cannings admitted early in the race he expected it to be a tight battle between himself and Conservative candidate Marshall Neufeld, noting many people were looking for a change.

That seems to have been the case as Cannings prevailed in a riding made up of former NDP and Conservative strongholds.

Liberal candidate Connie Denesiuk stopped by to congratulate Cannings shortly after he was declared the winner, nearly two and a half hours after the polls closed.

The biologist, who spent 17 years at the University of British Columbia, moved back to the Okanagan in 1995 and ran a consulting company.

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