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Premier Christy Clark wins close Point Grey fight

Liberal leader Christy Clark will take a seat in the legislature after narrowly beating New Democratic Party candidate David Eby to win in the Vancouver-Point Grey by-election.

By 10 p.m. Clark was some 400 votes ahead of Eby with more than 13,000 ballots included in the initial count. Clark had 6,431 to Eby's 6,010.

Green candidate Françoise Raunet was a distant third with 447 votes, but ahead of BC First's Danielle Alie at 331.

The final count, which includes ballots cast in advance voting, will begin May 18. Once the result is official, the winner may take her seat in the legislature.

The B.C. Conservative Party did not run a candidate in the by-election. Leader John Cummins issued a statement congratulating Clark and saying it is appropriate that the premier have a seat in the legislature. "I look forward to squaring off with Ms. Clark in the next general election," he said.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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