Huge advantage in outlying communities accounted for most of NDP MLA’s margin of victory in election

Thompson NDP MLA Danielle Adams received the most votes in three times as many voting areas in the Sept. 10 provincial election than Progressive Conservative candidate Kelly Bindle, the incumbent MLA who was seeking to become the first PC MLA for Thompson to win re-election.

Elections Manitoba official results show that Adams received the most votes in 39 of the electoral district’s 54 voting areas while Bindle was the top vote-getter in only 12. There were three voting areas in which the candidates tied with for the most number of votes, including an institutional moving poll at the Gillam Health Centre and Gillam RCMP detachment holding cells, where no votes were cast for any candidate.

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The only voting areas outside of Thompson city limits where Bindle won the most votes on election day were in Pikwitonei and Paint Lake. He also had the most votes in one of three Westwood voting areas, three of five in Burntwood (one of the other two was a tie between him and Adams), tied with Adams for the most votes in one of three Juniper voting areas, and had the most votes in one of two voting areas in both Deerwood and Riverside. Bindle received 120 more votes overall than Adams from Thompson advance voting stations, won the advance poll at Paint Lake and had five more absentee and homebound ballots than Adams. Still, Adams took 132 more votes than Bindle in Thompson on voting day, and Burntwood and Riverside were the only neighbourhoods in the city where Bindle received more votes than the winner. Much of Adams’s advantage in Thompson came courtesy of the Eastwood area, where she received 112 more votes than the second-place finisher.

Outside of Thompson, Adams’s margin of victory over Bindle was 796 votes on election day and 89 in advance polls, for a total of 885 votes, the vast majority of her 929 vote win over the PC incumbent.

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