Harrison returns Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley riding to PC fold

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UPDATED 11 P.M.

TRURO - The Progressive Conservative Party has reclaimed Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

Harrison returns riding to PC fold

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Larry Harrison received 3,304 votes, defeating NDP incumbent Gary Burrill (2,293 votes) and Liberal candidate Tom Martin (2,220 votes).

There were 13,469 registered voters and 58.32 per cent of them cast a ballot on Tuesday.

Harrison was relieved and ecstatic with the results. By the time half of the polls were counted, Harrison had 1,624 votes compared to Burrill’s 1,120 and Martin’s 968. 

"It was a hectic, nervous kind of night. The more the results came in the more my stomach was starting to unknot," Harrison, who heard the official count with his family while at his son's home in Brookfield, told the Truro Daily News.

Harrison said he didn't go into election day thinking he had won and it wasn't until later in the vote-counting process that he began to believe he had a good chance at winning.

"I don't count my chickens before they hatch ... when I was up 600 votes" was when he felt more hopeful, he said.

Harrison said one of the highlights of the campaign he’s proud of was that “we tried to stay good and clean” and all candidates “were very cordial to each other.”

Regarding the Liberal’s majority government, Harrison said he hopes “all parties will focus on the well-being of all Nova Scotians.”

Burrill told this paper despite his loss, he was OK with the results. He watched the results from his campaign headquarters in Middle Musquodoboit with more than 30 people in attendance.

"I feel good ... we did the best we could ... I'm not surprised," with the outcome, Burrill said, adding he didn't have any regrets.

"Absolutely not. I stood for the things I believe in ... I would not have done anything different."

Burrill commented on the Liberal majority as “a setback for the NDP … it’s clear the people have rejected our party.”

He wouldn’t say whether or not he would run again in another election.

Martin was unavailable for comment at press time.

In the June 2009 provincial election in Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, Burrill had 3,697 votes (47.45 per cent); PC candidate Steve Streatch had 2,265 (29.07 per cent); Liberal candidate Willy Versteeg had 1,649 (21.16 per cent); and the Green Party candidate Margaret Witney had 181 (2.32 per cent).

The riding had been Conservative for six provincial elections before the NDP victory in 2009.

Click here for the results from the Colchester North riding, and here for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River results. For the story on the new Liberal government, click here; see comments from the leader of the official opposition here; and comments from NDP leader Darrell Dexter here.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

INFO BOX:

By the numbers:

* Larry Harrison, PC Party - 3,304 votes

Gary Burrill - 2,293 votes

Tom Martin, Liberal - 2,220 votes

* Denotes winner

Number of eligible voters - 13,469

Number of polls - 49

Percentage of voter turnout - 58.32 per cent

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Larry Harrison received 3,304 votes, defeating NDP incumbent Gary Burrill (2,293 votes) and Liberal candidate Tom Martin (2,220 votes).

There were 13,469 registered voters and 58.32 per cent of them cast a ballot on Tuesday.

Harrison was relieved and ecstatic with the results.

"It was a hectic, nervous kind of night. The more the results came in the more my stomach was starting to unknot," Harrison, who heard the official count with his family while at his son's home in Brookfield, told the Truro Daily News.

Harrison said he didn't go into election day thinking he had won and it wasn't until later in the vote-counting process that he began to believe he had a good chance at winning.

"I don't count my chickens before they hatch ... when I was up 600 votes" was when he felt more hopeful, he said.

Burrill told this paper despite his loss, he was OK with the results.

"I feel good ... we did the best we could ... I'm not surprised," with the outcome, Burrill said, adding he didn't have any regrets.

"Absolutely not. I stood for the things I believe in ... I would not have done anything different."

Martin was unavailable for comment at press time.

In the June 2009 provincial election in Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, Burrill had 3,697 votes (47.45 per cent); PC candidate Steve Streatch had 2,265 (29.07 per cent); Liberal candidate Willy Versteeg had 1,649 (21.16 per cent); and the Green Party candidate Margaret Witney had 181 (2.32 per cent).

The riding had been Conservative for six provincial elections before the NDP victory in 2009.

For more on this story, visit www.trurodaily.com

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

INFO BOX:

By the numbers:

* Larry Harrison, PC Party - 3,304 votes

Gary Burrill - 2,293 votes

Tom Martin, Liberal - 2,220 votes

* Denotes winner

Number of eligible voters - 13,469

Number of polls - 49

Percentage of voter turnout - 58.32 per cent

  

Organizations: NDP, Truro Daily News, Green Party PC Party

Geographic location: Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, Brookfield

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