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B.C. premier's office rules out fall election after months of dropping hints

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's premier has for the first time ruled out a fall election campaign after months of hinting the province could be heading to the polls soon.

Instead, Premier Christy Clark's office says the next vote will be held according to the province's fixed election law in May 2013.

Clark was sworn in as premier in March after winning the Liberal leadership, and at the time Clark said she'd prefer a campaign before the fixed election date.

Last week, the government suffered a major defeat after voters rejected the harmonized sales tax, an outcome that some pundits have speculated would have dampened the premier's eagerness to head to the polls.

Immediately after the referendum results were released, Clark still kept the door open but insisted she wanted to focus on jobs, not election speculation.

But now her office says an early election is off the table.

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