It’s been eight months since the May 2013 provincial election, but Elections B.C. released the final numbers today. (What we reported last May were the interim results.)
The 688-page report includes riding maps, with a breakdown of each voting area and its results, so politicians and pundits can analyze where partisan support is most concentrated.
Here are the officially final results and a few observations from briefly mulling over the maps:
Kathy Corrigan, NDP: 8,189 48.48%
Shian Gu, LIB: 7,286 43.13%
Richard (Rick) McGowan, GP: 1,417 8.39%
Kathy Corrigan seemed to have the upper hand through many areas of the riding, but Shian Gu come out ahead in a few isolated pockets in the south west corner.
Raj Chouhan, NDP: 9,253 51.43%
Jeff Kuah, LIB: 6,950 38.63%
Wyatt Tessari, GP: 1,573 8.74%
Nicholas Edward D’Amico: BCEX, 215 1.20%
Raj Chouhan seemed to have an edge on the Liberals in the Edmonds corridor, which is where he had his MLA office before the election.
Jane Shin, NDP: 8,952 44.26%
Ken Kramer, LIB: 8,209 40.59%
Darwin Augustus Ivan Burns, GP: 1,665 8.23%
Christine N. Clarke: 1,399 6.92%
Jane Shin seemed to have pockets of higher support in the Burnaby Mountain and Beaverbrook Crescent areas, while Ken Kramer fared well in the residential area between Lougheed and Burnaby Lake.
Richard T. Lee, LIB: 10,543 46.82%
Janet Routledge NDP 9,875 43.86%
Wayne Michael Marklund 523 2.32%
Carrie McLaren GP 1,577 7.00%
Richard Lee and Janet Routledge were fairly close in most areas of the riding, but Lee pulled in quite a few more votes in a few isolated pockets, at times more than doubling what the NDP earned.
Just a reminder: Wayne Marklund and Christine Clarke were both Conservatives, but because their party filed their paperwork late, they were listed as unaffiliated on the ballot.
Also of note, the percentage of eligible B.C. voters who actually showed up at the polls was up a couple of percentage points compared to the previous election, from 55 per cent in 2009 to 57 per cent in 2013, but those figures compare poorly to previous decades, when percentages ranged from 77 per cent to 62 per cent.