The 2016 Manitoba election campaign began with the Liberal Party in second place in the polls and with hopes of their best result in a generation.
It ended with disappointment and an uncertain future for the party.
The Liberals lost some key ridings Tuesday night, capping a disappointing campaign for the party, which was hoping to break out of its traditional third place standing.
The Liberals took three seats, just two more than 2011, capping a disappointing campaign for the party, which was hoping to break out of its traditional third place standing.
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“We’re running with zero dollars, a fraction of the resources, with a lot of negativity,” Bokhari said Tuesday.
“But we had fantastic candidates, fantastic volunteers and we did what we could with what we had.”
Bokhari’s loss came after weeks of negative coverage, with both political analysts and voters criticizing her performance during the campaign. The party was criticized for not having candidates in all 57 ridings, and Bokhari admitting she wasn’t sure whether she paid her taxes.
But the Liberals were able to win in River Heights, Kewatinook and Burrows.
However, she said there was much her party could be proud of tonight.
“It was a tough game. We started from nothing and we grew, that’s for sure,” she said.