Manitoba Votes: PC majority likely, NDP candidates lead in north

The provincial Progressive Conservative (PC) party is on track to form government for Manitoba for the second consecutive time. PC party leader Brian Pallister will serve a second term as Premier and the party will likely have its second straight majority government.

Early vote totals showed the PCs holding at least a 10 per cent overall lead in voting over the NDP, led by Wab Kinew. While the PCs are on track to form government, the NDP is on pace to gain seats from the ruling party. 

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Out of all 57 Manitoba ridings, nine still have no reported votes or voting areas. Flin Flon is one of the nine.

Elsewhere in the north, one winner in the region has been called by the Canadian Press. Early returns from The Pas-Kameesak have shown a runaway win for NDP incumbent Amanda Lathlin. At 9 p.m., Lathlin was leading with 769 votes – 618 more votes than PC star candidate Ron Evans. Green Ralph McLean sits third with 79 votes, while Ken Brandt, the Liberal candidate, sits last with 30 votes.

The race in Thompson appears close. Kelly Bindle, the incumbent running for the Progressive Conservative party, is falling behind NDP challenger Danielle Adams early. With six of 53 polls reporting, Adams leads with 203 to Bindle’s 117. 

Green candidate Meagan Jemmett and Darla Contois of the Manitoba Liberal Party sit well back with 23 votes and 12 respectively.

Keewatinook, where 11 of 54 polls are reporting results, appears to show a commanding lead for NDP candidate Ian Bushie, who leads PC candidate Arnold Flett 272 votes to 65. Jason Harper, running for the ruling Liberals, has received 33 votes.

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