Monday, November 23, 2020

Sask. Election 2020: Buffalo Party takes larger-than-expected share of vote in debut


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With all 50 polls reporting by midnight, the party’s Alana Ross carried 2,393 votes to NDP incumbent Nicole Rancourt’s 2,171 votes in Prince Albert Northcote. That doesn’t account for the 568 mail-in ballots that could decide the race.

“It’s a close one. We thought it would probably go to the mail-ins,” Ross said.

Rancourt was unavailable for comment.

Ross, a health care worker, pitched herself as a moderate that could bring riding concerns closer to decision makers. Her opponent, Rancourt, promised to spur the local economy by building a second bridge and a hospital in Prince Albert.

Monday’s close race follows a trend from 2016, when Rancourt won the riding by a slim 261-vote margin. That year, turnout in the riding was 43 per cent — the fifth lowest in the province with 5,603 total votes. That number dropped to 5,446 this year.

The Sask. Party’s Joe Hargrave sailed to re-election in Prince Albert Carlton with a comfortable lead on Monday. He has served as minister responsible for Crown Investments Corporation and minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance.

He defeated NDP challenger Troy Parenteau with 3,470 votes against his opponent’s 2,112 on Monday.

Students give Moe a majority too

Students up to Grade 12 have chosen Scott Moe and the Saskatchewan Party as the winners of the 2020 provincial election.

CIVIX, the national civic education charity that organizes the Student Vote program, said the results on Monday reflect 25,000 students casting ballots in nearly 300 elementary and high schools, representing all 61 constituencies.

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