Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Elxn-BC-Roundup-850

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Elxn-BC-Roundup-850

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(Overview)

The Liberals are out in the lead in both ridings and the popular vote with ballot counting still in the early going.

Early returns show the Liberals leading or elected in 40 ridings with nearly 47 per cent of the popular vote.

The New Democrats are ahead or leading in 34 ridings with about 35 per cent of the popular vote -- while the Greens have grabbed 15 per cent of the votes counted so far and are leading in two ridings.

There are 87 seats up for grabs -- with 44 needed to form a majority government.

The last time B-C had a minority government was in 1952, one of only three in the province's history.

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(Liberals)

Liberal leader Christy Clark is hoping a strong economy will help keep her party in power after 16 years in office.

She ran on her record of job creation and also promised a personal income tax freeze, a cut to the small business tax, and four more balanced budgets on top of the five straight they have already recorded.

But a political science professor at the University of British Columbia says he gets the sense that people are tired of the premier, including the business community.

On the other hand, Richard Johnston says there isn't anything about the N-D-P that makes them more credible than they have been over the decades.

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(NDP)

The N-D-P is waiting to see if its strategy of focusing largely on the seat-rich Lower Mainland -- home to a number of battleground ridings -- will pay off. …

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