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Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville voters say ‘Whynott!’

Mat Whynott and the NDP celebrated a landslide victory in the riding of Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville last night.

Mat Whynott and the NDP celebrated a landslide victory in the riding of Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville last night.

Whynott said he has the people of his community to thank.

“The people of Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville… they’re the ones that spoke tonight on change,” the 23-year-old said. “They wanted the genuine leadership that Darrel Dexter and the NDP have been talking about.”

Whynott and the NDP won with 50 percent of the vote, while Patrick Doyle and the Liberals came second with 25 per cent support. Barry Barnet, a Progressive Conservative cabinet minister since 2003, was third at 23 per cent.

“I’ve always respected the choices that the voters make, at the end of the day, you know, this is democracy and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose,” Barnet said.

Liberal Kelly Regan reminisced about pregnancy at Brewsters in Bedford after winning the Bedford-Birth Cove riding.

“The final week kind of felt like the last trimester of a pregnancy. And tonight we gave birth and it was a girl,” Regan chuckled.

Regan finished with 44 per cent of the vote, with the NDP’s Brian Mosher second at 32 per cent. Tory Cabinet Minister Len Goucher was third at 21 per cent.

In Eastern Shore, another PC cabinet minister fell as Bill Dooks lost to the NDP’s Sidney Prest.

In the ridings of Waverly-Fall River-Beaver Bank and Timberlea-Prospect, both NDP incumbents, Percy Paris and Bill Estrabrooks, were victorious again by large margins.

 
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