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Progressive Conservatives hold three ridings in Nova Scotia byelections

Progressive Conservative Murray Ryan won the byelections in Northside-Westmount riding. PC Nova Scotia

Progressive Conservatives won the byelections in three Nova Scotia ridings on Tuesday, which have all been the party’s long-time seats.

The vote took place in the Cape Breton ridings of Northside-Westmount and Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg, and in the southwestern mainland riding of Argyle-Barrington.

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Colton LeBlanc (PC), Brian Comer (PC), and Murray Ryan (PC) will be the next MLAs for Argyle-Barrington, Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg, and Northside-Westmount respectively.

Seven candidates were nominated for the Northside-Westmount, including Danny Laffin (Independent) who was replaced by Murray Ryan (PC) a few weeks ago.

Tory Leader Tim Houston offered little explanation on Aug. 14 when he dropped Laffin as the PC candidate.

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Live results for the ridings continue to be tracked on the Elections Nova Scotia website, with the PC candidates leading in all three.

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The byelections became necessary after three Tory members of the legislature, Chris d’Entremont, Eddie Orrell and Alfie MacLeod, stepped down to run for the Conservatives in the upcoming federal election.

— With files from The Canadian Press 

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