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UPDATE: 4 of 5 ridings in B.C.’s Southern Interior are Conservative blue

Two ridings in B.C.'s Southern Interior have re-elected their Conservative MPs.

UPDATE: Two ridings in B.C.’s Southern Interior remained blue, with another two returning to their Conservative history.

Kelowna-Lake Country

In the riding of Kelowna-Lake Country, Conservative candidate Tracy Gray was named the winner.

With 215 of 231 polls reporting, Gray had 45.7 per cent of the vote, or 28,261 votes, as she defeated incumbent and Liberal MP Stephen Fuhr.

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Fuhr, who won the seat in 2015 by defeating Conservative MP Ron Cannan, had 32.7 per cent of the vote, or 20,211 votes.

Justin Kulik of the NDP was third at 12.1 per cent (7,481).

Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

In the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, Conservative and incumbent MP Dan Albas was declared the winner.

With 201 of 227 polls reporting, Albas had 48.0 per cent of the vote (26,896 votes).

Mary Ann Murphy of the Liberals was second at 24.8 per cent (13,869) with Joan Phillip of the NDP in third at 17.1 per cent (9,553).

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North Okanagan-Shuswap

In the North Okanagan-Shuswap, Conservative and incumbent MP Mel Arnold was declared the winner.

With 274 of 286 polls reporting, Arnold had 48.7 per cent of the vote (31,332 votes).

Cindy Derkaz of the Liberals was a distance second at 22.3 per cent (14,353) with Harwinder Sandhu of the NDP in third at 15.7 per cent (10,106).

South Okanagan-West Kootenay

In South Okanagan-West Kootenay, incumbent NDP MP Richard Cannings is in a tight race, but has a narrow lead.

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With 260 of 280 polls reporting, Cannings had 36.5 per cent of the vote (21,968).

In second, and right behind, was Helena Konanz of the Conservatives at 35.1 per cent (21,144).

Connie Denesiuk of the Liberals was third at 17.0 per cent (10,207).

Kootenay-Columbia

In Kootenay-Columbia, Conservative candidate Rob Morrison has been declared the winner.

With 255 of 268 polls reporting, Morrison had 44.7 per cent of the vote, or 27,232 votes.

Wayne Stetski of the NDP had 34.6 per cent of the vote (21,095), with Robin Goldsbury of the Liberals in third at 9.2 per cent (5,597).

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ORIGINAL STORY:

Early federal election results are starting to roll in for B.C.’s Southern Interior.

In Kelowna Lake-Country, 10 polls, with 4,327 votes, had reported. That polling station had Conservative candidate Tracy Gray in the lead with 52.0 per cent of the vote, with incumbent Liberal MP Stephen Fuhr in second at 30.6 per cent.

Justin Kulik of the NDP was third at 9.0 per cent, with Travis Ashley of the Green Party in fourth at 7.2 per cent.

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As a reminder, these are early results, and the numbers can change dramatically. For example, Gray had a commanding lead when the first poll reported. She had 62.3 per cent of the vote compared to Fuhr’s 24.0.

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The riding has 231 polls and approximately 99,992 eligible voters.

In Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, 15 polls, with 2,717 votes, of 227 polls have reported.

Conservative and incumbent MP Dan Albas is in the lead with 50.8 per cent, with Mary Ann Murphy of the Liberals is second at 21.3 per cent. Joan Phillip of the NDP in third at 17.7 per cent.

In North Okanagan-Shuswap, 35 of 286 polls have reported, with Conservative and incumbent MP Mel Arnold in front at 45.7 per cent. Cindy Derkaz of the Liberals is second at 22.3 per cent, with Harwinder Sandhu of the NDP at 17.3 per cent.

The riding has 106,601 eligible voters.

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In the South Okanagan-West Kootenay, 25 polls, with 3,615 votes, of 280 polls have reported.

NDP and incumbent MP Richard Cannings is in the lead with 37.9 per cent of the vote. Conservative candidate Helena Konanz is second at 29.3 per cent, with Connie Denesiuk of the Liberals in third at 18.7 per cent.

The riding has 98,589 eligible voters.

In Kootenay-Columbia, 30 of 268 polls have reported, and Rob Morrison of the Conservatives is leading at 44.0 per cent.

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Wayne Stetski of the NDP is second at 33.9 per cent, with Robin Goldsbury of the Liberals in third at 9.8 per cent.