Liberal candidate who lost by 9 votes requests recount

"Historically it's obviously members of the military, given that we do have an air force base here, and some snowbirds that would have passed absentee ballots".

While attention is focused on Courtenay-Comox, where nine votes separate the NDP and Liberal candidates, at least four other districts could also swing from one leading party to the other when the final count is in.

For this riding and the other 86 in the province, what makes this election different from previous ones is that it's unclear if our elected MLA will sit in opposition, or be part of a coalition government, or will be running again for re-election in a matter of perhaps months.

Courtenay-Comox could very likely end up in Liberal hands, giving them the 44 seats they require to form a majority government. With major media outlets like the New York Times exposing B.C.as one of the most wide-open jurisdictions for party financing on the continent, Weaver definitely got some help from high places.

While preliminary results are now available, the final ballot count won't become official until between May 22 and 24.

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Jim Benninger knows that a lot of people think the difference between a Liberal majority or minority government in British Columbia is resting on his shoulders. In 2013, there were 3,505 absentee ballots in this riding.

Milligan sees the NDP holding on to a number of ridings with close results - including Courtenay-Comox, which Ronna-Rae Leonard won by nine votes on Tuesday.

Despite receiving more than half the vote, the popular incumbent's total numbers dropped from 13,120 in 2013 to 11,846, while the Liberal vote dropped even more, from 7,792 to 5,717. The NDP had the edge in absentee ballots, but the Liberals still won the riding.

But things could change radically when Elections BC opens the estimated 170,000 absentee ballots, should Milligan's lower-probability predictions come to pass.

  • Adam Floyd