June 12, 2014 9:52 pm

NDP incumbent Percy Hatfield wins in Windsor-Tecumseh

NDP candidate Percy Hatfield

NDP incumbent Percy Hatfield has won in Windsor-Tecumseh.

Hatfield took home a commanding 63.9 per cent of the vote in early results, compared to the Liberals’ Jason Dupuis, who had 15. PC candidate Brandon Wright got 13.8 per cent.

Only 68 of 248 polls had reported by 9:46 PM.

Hatfield was first elected in a 2013 byelection, triggered by the resignation of then-Finance Minister and Deputy Premier Dwight Duncan. Duncan had held the riding since 1995.

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Hatfield decisively won the byelection, winning 63 per cent of the vote. He was well-known in the community even before his election, having spent 30 years covering Windsor city news for CBC Radio and Television, followed by seven years on city council. He had also served on the board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Liberal candidate Jason Dupuis is general manager of the Treehouse Bar and Grill in downtown Windsor, which on its website bills itself as “the most affordable place to drink in the downtown core.” The establishment had its liquor license suspended during the election for a week in May, in relation to a November 2013 fight outside its premises.

Dupuis also volunteers as a baseball and soccer coach, according to his campaign website.

PC candidate Brandon Wright is a music and special needs teacher and is the singer and guitarist for Final Stage – a local heavy metal band.

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