It’s official: Political newbie David Eby ousted Premier non-elect Christy Clark from her seat in the legislature.
The NDP’s Eby beat the Liberal premier by 1,063 votes, according to Elections BC’s final voting count for the Vancouver-Point Grey riding completed Tuesday morning. Eby received 11,499 votes; Clark got 10,436.
Eby, the former head of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, took to Twitter to proclaim his victory in the David and Goliath contest.
“An honour to be declared elected this morning by Elections BC. More than 1000 vote margin. Thank you to Vancouver Point Grey and our team!”
Clark, however, has yet to comment on her next move.
“The premier is currently tied up with transition work ahead of cabinet appointments and legislative session planning around balanced budget 2013. We will have news on the byelection in the coming days,” spokesman Mike Morton said in an email.
Clark will need to ask one of her 50 elected MLAs to step down so she run in a byelection for a seat in the legislature, but she has yet to announce who will bow out or when.
Though Clark lost her seat, her campaign strategy proved as successful for the Liberals as Eby’s did in their wealthy riding. She spent the majority of the campaign travelling the province to convince voters to stick with the ruling party, which they ultimately did, while Eby successfully pounded the pavement in the Liberal stronghold to persuade voters to choose the NDP.
Meanwhile in Coquitlam-Maillardville, Elections BC will apply for a judicial recount since only 35 votes separated NDP candidate Selina May Robinson from Liberal candidate Steve Kim. Kim was proclaimed the victor on election night, but Robinson won according to the recount.
The final count includes votes sent by mail, from hospitals and other facilities, ballots not cast at the voter’s assigned place and advance polls.