Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Liberals' Win Confirmed in Last of Three Recounts in Tight Ridings

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Liberals' Win Confirmed in Last of Three Recounts in Tight Ridings

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Liberals' win confirmed in third tight riding

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's governing Liberals have retained every seat they won in the May 30 election, after a third judicial recount Monday confirmed a tight win on the province's south shore.

Liberal Hugh MacKay's victory over NDP incumbent Denise Peterson-Rafuse in Chester-St. Margaret's grew by one vote, to 91 votes.

MacKay took 3,112 votes in the recount, overseen by Justice James Chipman in Halifax, while Rafuse took 3,021, one fewer than the official count.

Tory candidate Julie Chaisson gained a vote, to 2,230, while Green party hopeful Harry Ward's vote was unchanged at 413.

MacKay, a former geo-information technologies consultant, upset Peterson-Rafuse, who had held the seat since 2009, when the NDP swept to power with a majority government under then-leader Darrell Dexter. …

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