United Conservatives Sweep Alberta Election; Lethbridge Ridings Split

Jason Kenney waves to supporters following his landslide victory in the Alberta election. Photo credit to National Post

It looks like the two Lethbridge ridings will be represented by one government and one opposition MLA.

There is a lot more blue on Alberta's political landscape after Tuesday's provincial election.

The United Conservative Party (UCP) easily won a majority government, making leader Jason Kenney the Premier-elect. The unofficial results as of late Tuesday night has the UCP winning 63 seats and the New Democrats 24 seats. A total of 44 is needed to form a majority. 

Kenney told supporters in his speech in Calgary "today we begin to fight back."

As for the local results it appears the two Lethbridge ridings will be represented by one member of the government and one from the opposition.

Nathan Neudorf won for the UCP in Lethbridge-East, beating the incumbent New Democrat candidate Maria Fitzpatrick with roughly 53% of the vote. In Lethbridge-West, Shannon Phillips retained her seat in a back-and-forth battle with the UCP's Karri Flatla. Late Tuesday night, Phillips had a lead of over 1000 votes will only a couple of polls left to be tallied.

If those unofficial results hold, the now former NDP government's Environment Minister will sit on the opposition side of the Alberta legislature. Phillips garnered 47% of the vote, compared with 42% for Flatla.

Taking a look at the local rural ridings, it was a resounding UCP sweep.

Roger Reid won handily in Livingstone-Macleod, Grant Hunter retained his seat in Taber-Warner, and a lopsided victory for the UCP's Joseph Schow in Cardston-Siksika. The UCP candidates also easily won the two Medicine Hat ridings with Drew Barnes retaining his seat in Cypress-Medicine Hat and Michaela Glasgo getting elected in Brooks-Medicine Hat.

The votes will not be official for a few days as the "vote anywhere" ballots still need to be counted.

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