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Doherty increases plurality in Cariboo-Prince George win

Conservative Todd Doherty is congratulated by a young voter, who turned 18 today and voted for the first time. Bill Phillips photo

Todd Doherty won Cariboo-Prince George in a squeaker … in 2015.

This time around the incumbent Conservative MP increased his plurality substantially. With 217 of 228 polls reporting, Doherty had 26,325 votes, good for 52.3 per cent of the vote. That percentage is up considerably from the 36 per cent of the vote he captured in 2015.

It also dashed Liberal contender Tracy Calogheros’ contention in the final week of the campaign that there are more ‘progressive’ voters in the riding than Conservative. Her plea for the left-of-centre vote to coalesce around her didn’t help as she has, at this time, captured 20.1 per cent of the vote with 10,176 votes.

New Democrat Heather Sapergia sits in third place with 7,875 votes, or 15.6 per cent. Green Party of Canada candidate Mackenzie Kerr polled in fourth spot with 4,416 votes, good for 9.1 per cent of the vote. People’s Party of Canada candidate Jing Lan Yang captured 1,107, or 2.2 per cent of the vote. Independent Mike Orr secured 328 votes or 0.6 per cent of the vote.

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