UPDATED: Conservatives sweep Richmond ridings

Incumbent Richmond MP Alice Wong is congratulated by Liberal candidate Joe Peschisolido Tuesday at the Conservative headquarters on Minoru Boulevard. - Martin van den Hemel photo
Incumbent Richmond MP Alice Wong is congratulated by Liberal candidate Joe Peschisolido Tuesday at the Conservative headquarters on Minoru Boulevard.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

The Conservatives have swept Richmond.

Richmond MP Alice Wong has been re-elected, while Conservative candidate Kerry-Lynne Findlay has won Delta-Richmond East, both getting more than 50 per cent of the vote. They will join a Conservative majority government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Wong had 58.33% of the vote, a big jump over 2008's share, where she got 49.77%.

Wong won with 25,104 votes, more than 17,000 ahead of second place finisher Joe Peschisolido of the Liberals. Peschisolido, a former Richmond MP, had 8,035 votes for 18.67%. By comparison, Raymond Chan, the incumbent Liberals who lost the 2008 election to Alice Wong had 30.85% of the voteā€”and that was an 11.98% drop over the 2006 vote. The NDP's Dale Jackaman finished with 7,862 votes, or 18.27%, up from 11.81% in 2008. Green Party candidate Michael Wolfe had 2,034 votes (4.73%).

In Delta-Richmond East, with 215 of 221 polls reporting, Conservative Kerry-Lynne Findlay won with 25,102 votes to grab 54.11% of the vote. The NDP's Nic Slater was second with 10,837 votes, good for 23.36%. Liberal Alan Beesley had 7,850 votes (16.92%), Green candidate Duane Laird had 1,990 votes, independent John Shavluk got 211 and Libertarian Jeff Monds managed 142 votes.

Both ridings were held by the Conservatives at dissolution. Wong won in 2008 by more than 8,000 votes over Liberal incumbent Raymond Chan. Conservative John Cummins had held Delta-Richmond East since 1993, but has left federal politics to run for the Conservatives.

Nationally, the Liberals have taken a beating at the polls, elected or leading in 34 ridings. The NDP will form Official Opposition and are projected to top 100 seats, the highest ever showing for the party.

The NDP had its best showing in Richmond since 1988, when it got 27.21% of the vote.

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