Liberal challenger Lou Rinaldi has won Northumberland-Quinte West, defeating PC incumbent Rob Milligan.
In early results, Rinaldi had 43 per cent of the vote. Milligan had 35.9 per cent and the NDP’s Kira Mees had 17 per cent.
This will be the third time Rinaldi has represented this riding. Originally elected in 2003, he was defeated by Milligan in 2011 by just over one per cent of valid ballots cast.
All three major candidates also ran in 2011.
Rinaldi is a former local reeve and mayor of Brighton. While at Queen’s Park, he served as Parliamentary Assistant to various ministers, including Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Public Infrastructure Renewal.
Milligan is a former high school history and English teacher. While in office, he served as critic for Interprovincial Trade and deputy critic for Education.
This riding, on the shore of Lake Ontario, is somewhat rural but includes Trenton and various small towns along Highway 401. In 2011, the towns tended to vote for the Liberals and the rural areas for the PCs.