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How nine prime 'strategic voting' races in BC ended up

In the run-up to the election, The Tyee pointed out some B.C. races so close that strategic voters might make the difference in defeating the Conservative candidate. Here's how those races turned out:

Vancouver Island North: Conservative incumbent John Duncan beat NDP's Ronna-Rae Leonard by three percentage points.

Esquimalt-Juan De Fuca: As of 11 p.m., the NDP's Randall Garrison was leading his Conservative rival Troy DeSouza by one percent.

Saanich-Gulf Islands: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May defeated Conservative incumbent Gary Lunn by 11 percent.

North Vancouver: Conservative Andrew Saxton trounced his nearest competitor, Liberal Taleeb Noormohamed by 19 percent.

Burnaby-Douglas: Newcomer candidate Kennedy Stewart kept seat for NDP, defeating Conservative Ronald Leung by two percent.

Vancouver South: Conservative Wai Young wins with 43 per cent of the vote, defeating Liberal incumbent Ujjal Dosanjh (34 per cent) and NPD candidate Meena Wong (21 per cent).

The anti-Conservative strategic voting site Catch-22 also identified this as one of its "crucial ridings" in B.C.:

Surrey North: NDP's Jasbir Sandhu defeated Conservative Dona Cadman by four percentage points.

And in the final days of the campaign, the scuttlebutt was that these two incumbents were in danger of losing their ridings (they didn't):

Vancouver Centre: Hedy Fry retained the riding for the Liberals, outdistancing Conservative challenger Jennifer Clarke by four and a half percent.

Vancouver Quadra: Liberal Joyce Murray won with 42 per cent of the vote compared to nearest challenger Conservative Deborah Meredith's 38 percent.

David Beers is editor of The Tyee.

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