Liberals hang on to Kitchener Centre despite strong Green Party showing
(Raj Saini / Twitter)
Chase Banger, CTV Kitchener
Published Monday, October 21, 2019 10:56PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 22, 2019 12:09AM EDT
KITCHENER – The people of Kitchener Centre have spoken, voting for incumbent Liberal candidate Raj Saini for another term.
The race in the bellwether riding was varied but not close, as Saini was declared at a point in the vote counting where he had nearly 40 per cent of the votes.
CTV declared him the winner at 10:54 p.m.
Despite a promising campaign that saw over 2,000 lawn signs, results for the Green Party’s Mike Morrice was polling second at the time of the declaration.
"It's thanks to the dedication of the 350 volunteers who have been working for months that we have changed the way people are engaging in our democracy," Morrice said in a news release.
Conservative candidate Stephen Woodworth, Kitchener Centre’s MP from 2008 until 2015, was polling in third place.
New Democratic Party candidate Andrew Moraga was fourth.
Kitchener Centre has been an historic bellwether riding, meaning that it usually predicates the outcome of an election: if Kitchener Centre votes one way, the country does, too.
That’s been the case every year except 2006.
Provincially, Kitchener Centre is also been a bellwether riding, but that trend was bucked in the 2018 election when the riding elected Laura Mae Lindo of the NDP.
That year, the province elected Doug Ford and the Conservative government to power.