With all polls having closed at 8pm, votes have now been counted in today’s 2019 Manitoba general election and winners have emerged in each of three electoral divisions that include Brandon.
In each of the Brandon West, Spruce Woods and Brandon East ridings the Progressive Conservative candidate has come out on top with Reg Helwer, Cliff Cullen and Len Isleifson respectively having been voted each area's MLA.
All three had entered the election as incumbents with Helwer seen as a heavy favourite to hold Brandon West after having won the riding handily in 2016 with 69% of the total popular vote. Today with all polls reporting Helwer had received 58.5% of the vote today followed by Nick Brown (NDP, 23.7%), Robert Brown (Green, 10.1%) and Sunday Frangi (Liberal, 7.7%).
Cullen had fared similarly in Spruce Woods in 2016, though with the 2018 electoral boundary redistribution this marked his first time on the ballot for voters within the City of Brandon. Voters in Brandon located North of the Assiniboine River now fall within the boundaries of Spruce Woods, which also includes communities of Souris, Wawanesa, Glenboro and Rivers. On Monday Cullen received an overwhelming 68.1% of the vote with next-closest Justin Shannon (NDP) netting 15.9%. Cullen had received 73% support in Spruce Woods in the last election.
Isleifson had been expected to be in the tightest race in the city. While that may have still technically been the case the incumbent had seen a total of 51.3% of the vote in Brandon East, a full 15.1% ahead of Lonnie Patterson (NDP, 36.2%). Kim Longstreet (Liberal, 12.5%) placed third. Isleifson received a comparable 52% support in 2016.
Including the three Brandon seats, the PCs earned a second consecutive majority government with 36 out of the 57 available seats. Full results can be reviewed on the Elections Manitoba website at this link.
The election was to be held on October 6, 2020 but was called more than a year early for today.
Local voters will now be asked to adjust their sights to the upcoming Federal election with a vote scheduled for October 21.
Updated: Sept 10, 4:22am. Updated with most recent results