NDP can­di­date wins con­tested by­elec­tion race in Dart­mouth South

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

While the ma­jor­ity Lib­eral gov­ern­ment picked up two seats in by­elec­tions in Cape Bre­ton on Tues­day, the third-place NDP won a tightly con­tested race in Dart­mouth.

In the con­stituency of Dart­mouth South, NDP can­di­date Mar­ian Mancini cap­tured 2,274 votes, edg­ing out Lib­eral Tim Riss­esco by 81 votes.

Riss­esco isn’t con­ced­ing the elec­tion, how­ever.

The of­fi­cial count doesn’t hap­pen un­til Thurs­day, and he told re­porters late Tues­day that he wants to be “100 per cent” pos­i­tive be­fore ac­knowl­edg­ing de­feat.

Mancini, who is orig­i­nally from Glace Bay, was a le­gal aid lawyer in Syd­ney. She’s now re­tired.

Her hus­band, Peter Mancini, served as a one-term NDP MP for Syd­ney-Vic­to­ria from 1997 to 2000.

The Dart­mouth South seat has been va­cant since the death of Lib­eral mem­ber Allan Rowe in March.

The Lib­er­als now hold 34 of the leg­is­la­ture’s 51 seats.

The Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives have 10 seats while the NDP hold six and the re­main­ing seat be­longs to in­de­pen­dent mem­ber Chuck Porter.


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