Up­set recorded in Victoria-The Lakes

No sur­prise in In­ver­ness; Cape Bre­ton-Rich­mond un­de­cided

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY NIKKI SUL­LI­VAN nicole­j­sul­li­van@icloud.com

It was a land­slide vic­tory for PC can­di­date Keith Bain in Victoria-The Lakes.

Bain won with more than 2,000 votes above his ri­val, Pam Eyk­ing, tak­ing 58 per cent of the vote share.

“I woke up at 3 a.m. won­der­ing how things were go­ing to go,” he said on the front porch of his house as sup­port­ers cel­e­brate his win inside.

“Now I feel great, just fan­tas­tic.”

It was a lit­tle touch and go at the be­gin­ning as Eyk­ing took the lead af­ter 10 of the 40 polling sta­tions were counted. How­ever, af­ter an­other four sta­tions were re­turned Bain jumped ahead and there was no look­ing back.

“I am so pleased the peo­ple of Victoria-The Lakes want me in there, to rep­re­sent them again. I am hum­bled by it,” he said. An­other close race that was un­ex­pected was in Cape Bre­ton-Rich­mond. In­cum­bent Michel Sam­son of the Lib­eral party was the favourite to win and has won the past six elec­tions in the area. How­ever, the min­is­ter of en­ergy was neck and neck with PC can­di­date Alana Paon. At times there were only one or two votes sep­a­rat­ing them. As of mid­night, Paon was ahead by 13 votes with one vot­ing sta­tion left to turn in re­sults.

Bain be­lieves the is­sues with health care and education in Cape Bre­ton is what made vot­ers de­cide to vote for the PC party. But one of the first things he wants to make hap­pen is road re­pair on sec­ondary roads.

“Money in­vested in the roads now will help save from more costly re­pairs at a later date. And God knows we need it.”

In In­ver­ness County, in­cum­bent and PC Al­lan MacMaster took the lead from the start and never looked back. MacMaster won 62% of the votes, get­ting 2,340 more votes than PC can­di­date Bobby Mor­ris.

NIKKI SUL­LI­VAN/CAPE BRE­TON POST

PC can­di­date Keith Bain hugs a sup­porter on hear­ing the news that he won his rid­ing Victoria-The Lakes.

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