This year’s federal election has shaped up to be more of a remake than a sequel to the 2019 race, as the Liberals and New Democrats have largely taken Winnipeg and most of the rural ridings have again gone Tory blue, according to CBC’s projections.
CBC News is projecting 13 incumbents have won re-election in Manitoba’s 14 ridings.
Conservative incumbents James Bezan (Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman), Candice Bergen (Portage-Lisgar), Ted Falk (Provencher), Dan Mazier (Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa), Larry Maguire (Brandon-Souris) and Raquel Dancho (Kildonan-St. Paul) have all won re-election in their ridings, CBC News projects.
Other projected winners include Liberal incumbents Kevin Lamoureux (Winnipeg North), Jim Carr (Winnipeg South Centre), Terry Duguid (Winnipeg South) and Dan Vandal (Saint Boniface-Saint Vital).
NDP incumbents Leah Gazan (Winnipeg Centre) and Daniel Blaikie (Elmwood-Transcona) have also once again taken their Winnipeg ridings. NDP incumbent Niki Ashton again bucked the Tories’ rural trend to retake her riding of Churchill-Keewatinook Aski in the north.
As of 11 p.m., only the Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley riding in west Winnipeg remained too close to call. With 150 of 170 polls reporting, Conservative incumbent Marty Morantz held a 224-vote lead over Liberal Doug Eyolfson.
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Manitoba’s polling stations — which ranged this year from churches and community centres to a big-box store, a horse-racing track and more — closed at 8:30 p.m. CT.
The pandemic election comes two years after the last federal election. Voting this time around looked a little different than usual.
Voters in some ridings earlier in the day reported a quick and easy voting experience. That wasn’t the case everywhere, though. Roughly 20 minutes after polls closed, a line of voters still wrapped around the Fort Garry Curling Club in Winnipeg’s Saint Boniface-Saint Vital riding.
Anyone who was waiting in line to vote at 8:30 would still be able to cast their ballot, Elections Canada said.
Elections Canada was forced to find some non-traditional sites for polling stations this year — including Winnipeg’s Ikea store and the Assiniboine Downs race track — as schools were off the table due to the prospect of voters crossing paths with unvaccinated children.
Greeters at the doors of polling stations provided hand sanitizer and reminded voters to put on their masks before entering.
Supporters of Kevin Lamoureux, the Liberal incumbent in the Winnipeg North riding, had to be fully vaccinated to get into his campaign headquarters for the evening.
A record number of Manitobans got voting out of the way in advance of election day: turnout at advance polls, which were open from Sept. 10-13, was up 57 per cent over 2019, according to Elections Canada.
The number of Manitobans voting by mail-in ballots was also up.
In 2019, about 55,000 Canadians chose to mail in their ballots — the majority of whom were living outside of Canada. Only about 5,000 mail-in kits went to people voting from within their riding that year.
This year, more than 38,000 people in Manitoba alone requested mail-in voter kits, according to Elections Canada. Nearly 80 per cent of those kits went to people living in the riding.
Because they have to go through verifications, including ensuring those who voted by mail didn’t vote in-person on election day, Elections Canada says hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots won’t get counted until Tuesday.
CBC News will update this story as results come in through the evening tonight.
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