Nova Scotia took a sharp left turn tonight, electing its very first NDP government and putting a stop to longtime PC leadership.

And Darrell Dexter must be grinning from ear-to-ear, since he’s secured a majority government to boot.

Just an hour after polls closed, the New Democrats were leading and elected in 31 ridings, while the Progressive Conservatives were trailing with a strong hold on only 10 ridings. The Liberals were leading and elected in 11 ridings.

The victory marks the end of a decade of Tory rule, including the last run headed by Rodney MacDonald, who became leader of the party in early 2006. Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil was also vying for the position of premier this year.

The 38th general provincial election marks the first majority government Nova Scotia has had since 2003.

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