Bernice Hancock is shown in a photo from earlier this year. — Star file photo
Despite getting about 100 fewer votes in the St. George’s-Stephenville East byelection than she did in the 2011 general election, Bernice Hancock is not deterred.
The NDP candidate in Tuesday’s byelection said Wednesday morning that her vote count translates to just one per cent lower than in the 2011 election.
The unofficial results from Elections Newfoundland and Labrador showed Scott Reid of the Liberals finishing with 2,211 votes, Wally Childs of the Progressive Conservatives 948, and Hancock with 579 votes.
She was by no means surprised by the Liberals’ resounding win and said it shows people in the district are not happy with the Tories at this time. Traditionally when they are not happy with the Progressive Conservatives they turn to the Liberals, Hancock said.
She said the NDP will continue to demonstrate that it can be a strong voice for rural Newfoundland as an opposition party for the time being.
Hancock plans to seek the nomination when the next general election is called, which will be within the next year.
“If I get the nod, who knows?” she said. “It could be third time the charm.”