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NDP holds Toronto-Danforth by close to 60%

The federal New Democrats won resoundingly in today's Toronto-Danforth by-election, with NDP candidate Craig Scott taking the seat by 59 per cent -- close to the 60 per cent that Jack Layton had gained in last May's federal election.

On the Elections Canada website at 7:00 p.m. PST, Scott had 10,302 votes out of 17,397 tallied so far, or 59.2 per cent of the total. Liberal Grant Gordon trailed in second at 5,004 votes (28.8 per cent), with the Conservative candidate Andrew Keyes far behind with 905 votes (5.2 per cent). Green Party candidate Adrina Mugnatto-Hamu was fourth with 843 votes (4.8 per cent).

On Twitter, #TorDan was providing moment-by-moment reaction to the results. Liberals were consoling themselves that "we raised our numbers" and "good practice for next time." Some were surprised that Bob Rae, and not the candidate, had conceded the election.

At least one tweeter noted the poor voter turnout. With 155 out of 196 polls tallied, turnout was 32.3 per cent.

Another tweeter said election watchers were missing the latest development in the Robocalls affair: "Rick McKnight," a member of RackNine who seems to be operating under a false online identity.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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