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B.C. election 2020: Dan Ashton projected to win third term in Penticton

Dan Ashton of the BC Liberals is projected to again win in Penticton.

The riding, like others in the Okanagan, is friendly to centre-right parties, and the BC Liberals have held a version of the Penticton riding since 1996.

Ashton, the incumbent, has held the seat since 2013 when he won by nearly 6,600 votes.

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Ashton is a former two-term mayor of Penticton and served as a parliamentary secretary in Christy Clark’s government.

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The riding was formed in 1991 from the old Similkameen electoral district and includes the communities of Peachland, Summerland and Chute Lake.

Voters in the Penticton city centre have tended to lean towards the NDP, while the suburbs and outlying communities have voted BC Liberal.

Ashton is born and raised in the valley. He is a graduate of Summerland Secondary and a second-generation family small business owner.

The NDP recruited Summerland mayor Toni Boot.

Boot was born in Victoria but raised in Summerland.

Candidates

  • BC Liberals: Dan Ashton
  • BC NDP: Toni Boot
  • BC Libertarian Party: Keith MacIntyre
  • BC Greens: Ted Shumaker

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This is a safe BC Liberal seat.

Ashton defeated his NDP opponent in 2017 with a margin of victory of 24.07 per cent. Fifty-six of B.C.’s 87 races in 2017 were closer than Penticton, while 28 of the 43 seats the BC Liberals won were tighter contests.

2017 election results

  • BC Liberals: Dan Ashton — 14,470 votes (52.80%)
  • BC NDP: Tarik Sayeed — 7,874 votes (28.73%)
  • BC Greens: Connie Sahlmark — 5,061 votes (18.47%)

This profile will continually be updated to reflect latest candidate information, candidate interviews and events in the campaign.

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Find full B.C. 2020 provincial election coverage here.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots were requested across B.C. this election. As mail-in ballots cannot be counted until after election night, these results are not final.