The New Democrats have won a majority government in the British Columbia election as voters have given John Horgan a second term after he took a gamble on calling an election during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With just under half the polls reporting results, the NDP were leading and elected in 54 seats. The B.C. Liberals were leading and elected in 30 and the Greens in three.
Forty-four seats are needed in the 87-seat legislature to form a majority government. The NDP also had a firm grip on the popular vote, holding about 45 per cent to the Liberals 35 per cent and the Greens at 16.
WATCH: BCNDP HISTORIC WIN
BC Liberals leader Andrew Wilkinson during his concession speech didn't make it come across as he had expected defeat.
After thanking her family and friends @SoniaFurstenau of the @BCGreens promises to hold @BCNDP accountable going forward even though they have won a landslide victory. #BCvotes2020 #BCelxn2020 #bcpoli pic.twitter.com/VG4ZGgVem8— Darpan Magazine (@darpanmagazine) October 25, 2020
@BCNDP leader and premier @jjhorgan thanks British Columbians for their support during the pandemic and says there is work to be done. The only sitting premier to be re-elected and get a major historic win for the party. #bcpoli #BCvotes2020 #BCelxn2020 #bcndp pic.twitter.com/7LshyAihFl— Darpan Magazine (@darpanmagazine) October 25, 2020
The most interesting riding of all to watch where the race was very close was Richmond Queensborough which saw BC NDP candidate Aman Singh defeat former broadcaster and BC Liberal candidate Jas Johal to become the first ever Turbaned Sikh to be elected to the BC legislature.