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NDP first, Libs second, Cons third in two BC by-elections

The New Democratic Party has won two British Columbia by-elections, with the Liberals second and the Conservatives third in both races.

Former Port Moody mayor Joe Trasolini won in Port Moody-Coquitlam with 54.3 percent of the more than 11,000 votes cast. He replaces Liberal cabinet minister Iain Black who resigned to take a job heading the Vancouver Board of Trade.

The Liberal candidate Dennis Marsden received 30 percent of the vote and the Conservative Christine Clarke got 15 percent.

In Chilliwack-Hope, which was expected to be a tight three-way race, the NDP's Gwen O'Mahony had 41 percent of the nearly 13,000 votes counted by 9:50 p.m. with a small number of ballot boxes yet to report. That put her ahead of Liberal Laurie Throness at 32 percent and Conservative John Martin at 25.7 percent.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Find him on Twitter or reach him here.

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