FREDERICTON — Here is the latest news on the New Brunswick election. All times local.
Less than an hour after the polls closed the Tories under Premier Blaine Higgs were leading in 25 ridings, the Liberals were leading in 18, the Green party was leading in four and the People’s Alliance were leading in two ridings.
The early results were enough to confirm a Progressive Conservative win, the first time a government in New Brunswick has won two consecutive terms since Bernard Lord led the Tories to victory in 2003.
Higgs called a snap election four weeks ago.
The Progressive Conservatives of Blaine Higgs will form the next New Brunswick government.
It is the first time since 2003 that New Brunswickers have returned the incumbent party to power.
It remains unclear whether the Tories will form a minority or majority government.
Almost all polls have closed in the New Brunswick election.
Technical glitches at some polling stations meant they will be kept open past the 8 p.m. deadline.
At dissolution of the legislature, there were 20 Tories, 20 Liberals, three Greens, three People’s Alliance members, one Independent and two vacancies.
At least 25 seats are needed for a majority in the 49-seat house.
The Canadian Press