Cathy Bennett declared winner in Virginia Waters byelection

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Liberal Cathy Bennett has been declared the winner after a tight race in tonight's Virginia Waters byelection defeating second place finisher PC candidate Danny Breen by just 40 votes.

Bennett finished the night with 1,932 votes, Breen with 1,892 and NDP Sheilagh O'Leary coming a distant third with 1,021 votes, according to Elections Newfoundland and Labrador website.

There were 40 polls counted in the byelection.

The total number of votes cast in tonight’s byelection was 4,845.

There were  9,853 eligible voters on the final revised list of electors in Virginia Waters.

According to Elections Newfoundland and Labrador, in the 2011 provincial general election, a total of 5,632 votes were cast in the district.

The official addition of the votes will take place on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Upon conclusion, the official results will be announced.



Check our live blog in the right column of our website for quick results as tweeted by Telegram reporters stationed at the three candidate headquarters.



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Polls closed in Virginia Waters byelection

The polls have closed in the Virginia Waters byelection and election officials will soon begin counting the votes.

Elections Newfoundland and Labrador (ENL) notes that, after polling location doors are closed at 8 p.m., any people remaining in line to vote must be permitted to do so.

Only after all voters have left the location that officials are permitted to commence the election paperwork and counting. Candidates in the election, as well, are permitted to have scrutineers attend the counting at each individual poll.

A news release notes that once the ballots have been counted, ENL officials at each poll are required to complete specific forms which help to verify and ensure the election counts and accuracy of the results. Once the counts have been confirmed at each polling station, the results are then called in to the district Returning Officer.

For the Virginia Waters byelection, the district Returning Officer will receive a total of 39 calls, one from each of the polls being counted for the district.

The Returning Officer is the only person who reports these results to ENL’s head office.

A cumulative order system is used for reporting: the first poll is reported to ENL, and then groups of five polls are reported at a time (in order of receipt) until information for each of the 39 polls has been received. The result of the Special Ballot vote, which is a separate poll (the 40th poll in this case), is added on to the end of the Returning Officer’s election night count to give a final, preliminary total of votes for the byelection.

Election night results are still considered “preliminary” until the official addition of the votes is completed which, as required by legislation, occurs three days following election day. In this case on Saturday.





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Minutes remaining before polls close in Virginia Waters byelection

Only minutes remaining before polls close in the Virginia Waters byelection.

The Telegram will post results as soon as Elections Newfoundland and Labrador (ENL) releases them.


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Leaders await by-election results

All parties confident of electoral chances

By Russell Cochrane

Hours before polls close on a high-stakes byelection in St. John’s, politicians from all three parties insisted that they were in it to win it.

The byelection in the former-premier Kathy Dunderdale’s old district will conclude tonight an features star candidates for each party.

Liberal leader Dwight Ball told reporters that the liberal party has high hopes for the election results and a great deal to offer the riding.

“I see Cathy Bennett as a frontbench minister with a Liberal government and she brings a lot,” he said. “We are prepared for this. We’ve worked hard, we have a great candidate, the liberal party has the momentum, Cathy Bennett would bring a lot to the Liberal party right now, and I would encourage and ask people in virginia waters to get out and vote for Cathy Bennett.”

Premier Tom Marshall said the election was important, but it should not be considered a do or die situation.

“Every election is important to a political party,” he said. “Campaigning there’s always somebody to say that this is the most important election ever but there’s always another election coming just not that far away but it is important.”

Marshall also said that if the Tories lose, this byelection should not be seen as an indicator of his party’s decline.

“Our party is going through a process of renewal right now,” he said. “We’re making a number of changes: we’re going to have a leadership convention, we’re going to have a new leader, a new premier — I’m optimistic about the future, especially for this province.”

NDP leader Lorraine Michael said that there was much to gain by a win in Virginia Waters, but a defeat at the polls should not be seen as a failure.

“We’ve had a fantastic campaign with all kinds of energy: energy within our ranks, energy at the door meeting people, and energy on the phone,” she said. “If people choose somebody other than us and we run a very good campaign, that’s not a failure but for me.”

Michael is confident, however, and said she hopes for a win.

 “What do I want?  I want to win,” she said. “I definitely would want someone else in the house of assembly in the ranks of the NDP and with Sheilagh OLeary, I think we have an absolutely wonderful candidate and that’s what everybody has been telling us during the campaign.” Twitter: Rssllcochrane

Organizations: NDP

Geographic location: Virginia Waters

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Recent comments

  • Karl
    April 10, 2014 - 18:58

    I'm not much of a political type guy but for buddy Ball to be calling it a strong win at 40 votes, to me that's called buy the skin of your teeth....

  • Ryan
    April 09, 2014 - 22:48

    That's great news.. Now Cathy can get more foreign workers for McDonald's. maybe she should teach some of them English. French fries does not sound like ice cream

  • Pierre Neary
    April 09, 2014 - 20:22

    "I'm not afraid of any Danny's" great quote from Ms. Bennett. Three good candidates. Tough fought by election. Congratulations Ms. Bennett.

  • Guy Incognito
    April 09, 2014 - 20:21

    I will never support this Liberal party after McBennett has bought her place. Totally disgusted. This Liberal party has accepted all opportunistic defectors into the fold. It is a sad sad day for Newfoundland...

  • Guy Incognito
    April 09, 2014 - 19:58

    Disgusting. Virginia Waters is full of gullible voters apparently... Money talks in Newfoundland politics......We are being run by self serving opportunists with no regard for the average NL'r.....

  • darrell
    April 09, 2014 - 19:32

    Yes there is a god. Later Danny, and you can take the other Danny with you. Hee Haw!