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NDP Jack Harris wins St. John’s East, as Liberal incumbents take other 6 N.L. seats

NDP candidate Jack Harris won the riding of St. John’s East, beating incumbent Liberal Nick Whalen for a seat in Ottawa that Harris lost to Whalen in 2015.

The province’s six other ridings have confirmed Liberal incumbent victories including Gudie Hutchings representing the Long Range Mountains, Scotts Simms for the Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame, Ken McDonald for Avalon, Churence Rogers for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, Yvonne Jones for Labrador, and Seamus O’Regan for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl.

Jones is now addressing a room full of volunteers. Here’s a snippet. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbcnl?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#cbcnl</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/CBCLabrador?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@CBCLabrador</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/elxn43?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#elxn43</a> <a href=”https://t.co/OKVpDgShgp”>pic.twitter.com/OKVpDgShgp</a>

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​​As results from six out of the province’s seven ridings started flowing around 9:30 p.m. NT, St. John’s East was noticeably absent. It was also the most hotly-contested race in the province.

Volunteers at NDP headquarters in St. John’s told CBC News the delay came from a group of young people arriving at a polling station shortly before it closed, and needing to be sworn in before casting their ballots.

Here’s a bit of the reaction speech. <a href=”https://t.co/FVjX0zBYRc”>pic.twitter.com/FVjX0zBYRc</a>

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Crowd reacting to election coverage showing federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh with one seat (St. John’s East) according polls so far. <a href=”https://t.co/Y1e3JGES21″>pic.twitter.com/Y1e3JGES21</a>

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‘Every vote counts’

Polls opened in Newfoundland at 8:30 a.m. NT, 8 a.m. AT for most of Labrador.

But in Natuashish, on Labrador’s coast, the Elections Canada crew was unable to get into the community until early Monday morning because of flight delays due to weather conditions, so polls opened later.

Labrador Conservative candidate Larry Flemming told CBC News Monday afternoon he filed a complaint with Elections Canada, because he is concerned some people won’t be able to vote. He said he was told the polling station would open at 1 p.m.

St. John’s East NDP candidate Jack Harris beat Liberal candidate Nick Whalen in the 43rd federal election.

For voters like Rosellen Sullivan, hearing federal leaders discuss provincial issues, especially the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric megaproject, was something she watched for.

“There are a lot of issues and I just think this election is particularly important. I think there’s a lot of uncertainty in the country right now, and I think every vote counts,” she said.

First-time voter Robyn King said she wasn’t particularly worried about a close race, and voted for what she felt was best.

“I just chose the party that I thought was good for Canada and for our province,” she said.

The biggest issue, as far as she’s concerned, is climate change — something she felt was lacking in detail in the party platforms.

King wasn’t alone; fellow voter Ben Fushell said climate change was the biggest concern for him, too.

“Climate change is my biggest issue. Education, probably, and the future of our grandchildren,” Fushell said, adding that he, too, wasn’t satisfied with what the parties had to say at the doors on the issue.

Liberal candidate Nick Whalen watches results for St. John’s East with his family Monday night. (Terry Roberts/CBC)

“None of ’em, nope. The ones that came to our door and the ones they asked, they avoided the issue.”

Clara Anstey, who also cast her ballot Monday morning, said her biggest concern as a senior was ensuring security and health care.

“I just want to make certain that we’re not left in the cold,” she said.

Harris vs Whalen

The Liberals took a clean sweep of Atlantic Canada in the 2015 election, including all seven seats in Newfoundland and Labrador. Yvonne Jones and Gudie Hutchings both coasted to victory with more than 70 per cent of the vote in their respective ridings.

Ben Fushell says he just wants people to get out and vote.(Eddy Kennedy/CBC)

Whalen bested Harris by less than 1.5 percentage points in 2015 — a seat Harris held for the NDP in the 2008 and 2011 elections.

With Newfoundland and Labrador trailing every province and territory other than Nunavut in voter turnout in the last two federal elections, and low turnout in advanced polls this time around, it was a concern for this election as well.

How to watch and listen

Whatever the election holds, you’ll be able to follow along online, on television and on radio.

The CBC News results page and live blog, as well as election night articles, will be available on CBCNews.ca.

The Canada Votes 2019: Election Night special will be on CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC Gem and CBCNews.ca, beginning at 8 p.m. NT.

CBC Radio will host its own election night special on CBC Radio One and the CBC Listen app, starting at 8:30 p.m. NT.

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