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New Brunswick election results 2018: Riding-by-riding poll results

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WATCH ABOVE: PC Leader Blaine Higgs says he will make minority happen following N.B. election results – Sep 24, 2018

UPDATE: PCs win most seats in N.B. election, Liberals vow to maintain power

Voters in New Brunswick turned their backs on the province’s entrenched two-party system on Monday, electing enough third party candidates to leave the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives in a virtual dead heat in what is sure to be a minority legislature.

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More than three hours after the polls closed, the Tories were leading or elected in 22 seats, the incumbent Liberals had 21, the right-of-centre People’s Alliance had three and the Greens three. The NDP was shut out of the race.

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A total of 25 seats is needed for a majority in the 49-seat house, which means the third parties were poised to play a key role in deciding who governs the province: incumbent Liberal Brian Gallant or Progressive Conservative Blaine Higgs.

Higgs claimed victory, saying his team had a mandate.

But Gallant said he plans to meet Tuesday with the province’s lieutenant governor to explain that he intends to continue governing the province by securing support in the legislature on a vote-by-vote basis.