Mixed Election Results
Voters from the center and left were likely relieved by the 61-seat majority picked up by Premier Alison Redford’s Progressive Conservatives. However, a look at constituencies shows a much tighter race.
As the Edmonton Journal pointed out, “This time, several of those ridings that previously handed Conservatives 70 per cent of the vote either gave the Conservatives a squeaker of a win or handed them a defeat.” Strategic voting may also have skewed the results, with Liberals and NDP voting for the Progressive Conservatives in order to stave off a Wildrose win.
Reflecting on what the results mean,†Edmonton Journalís Paula Simons wrote:
With the Wildrose on her right flank, Redford has a choice: Honour her contract with the voters who gave her another mandate, and move her party to the centre, or bow to internal pressure to take the PCs back to the right.
The narrative Monday night wasn’t what was predicted.† But the real story of this election will be written, not this week, but in the four years ahead.
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