After a close shave at the ballot box, Premier Christy Clark is on her way back to the B.C. legislature.
According to the initial count, the B.C. Liberal leader narrowly beat NDP candidate David Eby in today's (May 11) Vancouver-Point Grey by-election to take the seat vacated by former premier Gordon Campbell.
The final count of the nail-biter vote won't be known until May 18 or later.
With 167 of 167 ballot boxes reporting on the Elections B.C. website, Clark had received 7,371 votes (48.92 percent).
Eby garnered 6,776 votes (44.97 percent).
As for the other by-election candidates, the Greens' Francoise Raunet netted 511 votes (3.39 percent) and Danielle Alie of B.C. First claimed 369 votes (2.45 percent).
Independents William Gibbens and Eddie Petrossian received 27 votes (0.18 percent) and 14 votes (0.09 percent), respectively.
During the campaign, Clark painted Eby, the executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, as being too radical for the riding.
Eby criticized Clark for refusing to attend all-candidates debates and for her "Hollywood approach" to campaigning.
The NDP also filed a complaint with Elections B.C. on May 9, alleging Clark misused the resources of the premier's office to help her campaign.
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