PICTOU – Karla MacFarlane led in the polls all night and never looked back as she took the Pictou West seat for the Progressive Conservatives.
She defeated NDP candidate and Minister of Natural Resources Charlie Parker with 3,206 votes to 2,588.
“It was fantastic and we worked so, so hard and I had such strong competitors against me and I really knew it was a three-way race, so when we knew it was final that I had it I just felt very blessed and knew the hard work had paid off,” said MacFarlane. “I think with every victory there’s a little bit of luck that’s added into it and I was hoping that I’d have that luck. It could’ve been Glennie’s luck it could’ve been Charlie’s luck, but I guess it was mine. I felt so happy for my team and my family.”
Although the red tide took over the province, Glennie Langille wasn’t a part of the wave. She came in third with 1,933 votes.
Parker grew up in Durham and took one of those polling stations with 90 votes versus MacFarlane’s 73 and 43 for Langille.
He came in second in the other Durham polling station with 114 votes. MacFarlane received 129 and Langille had 95.
In Langille's hometown and current residence of Caribou, she received 78 votes to MacFarlane’s 108 and Parker’s 83.
All night MacFarlane said she wouldn’t get over confident even though she led the whole way. She said she was nervous, but her team kept her calm.
“I think with the support I have with my team I felt, as you could witness physically, that I looked very nervous and I was, but I felt very comfortable with the people that truly care about me and have been working with me for the last year,” she said. “I just kept telling myself you need to wait until the very end, you have to wait. I felt there was a little bit of calmness around me too, so I was good.”
She said she looks forward to working hard for all the people that she met over her time while door knocking.
Voter turnout was 70 per cent.