The B.C. NDP may have lost the election, but no one lost more credibility than pollsters who failed to project that outcome.
Pollsters such as Angus Reid, Ipsos Reid and Forum Research consistently put the NDP ahead of the B.C. Liberals right up to election day, only to see them trounced at the ballot box.
Twitter users predictably had some fun at the pollsters' expense.
CBC host Stephen Quinn tweeted a fake poll that named The Santa Clause 3 the best film of all time. He then tweeted another "poll" that said 76 per cent of British Columbians no longer trust polls.
Twitter user Matt Skinner was far less polite, saying that he'd "love to be a pollster or a pundit, but I can't seem to get my head all the way up my ass."
Check out what Twitter users had to say about B.C. pollsters' projections:
Jason A Keenan
Time to update old Reagan joke... friend needed halloween costume so put egg on his face and went as a pollster. #bcpoli
"'The Santa Clause 3' Best Film of All Time" - Poll #wrongpolls
I'd love to be a pollster or pundit, but I can't seem to get my head all the way up my ass. #bcpoli #onpoli #cdnpoli
Clay St. Thomas
It's official: Pollster is right up there with Witch Doctor and Canuck's Goalie as "jobs people have zero faith in". #bcpoli
The only pollster worth a damn: Miss Cleo - Call Me Now!: http://t.co/Aw6c4NFsw8 via @youtube #bcpoli #cdnpoli
My new Polling company will have a logo of either a question mark or a liquor bottle, cause some of these pollster have to be drunk! #bcpoli
Holy Pollster Fail Batman #bcpoli
When I grow up I want to be a pollster #BCelexn13 #bcpoli
I'm blind. I'm deaf. I wanna be a pollster. #bcelxn #bcpoli
Note to self- become friends with a pollster who happens to be a chronic gambler. #bcpoli #bcelxn
I'm going to be a pollster. I've got dice AND a dartboard. #bcpoli #cdnpoli
Did you hear the one about the pollster gambling in Vegas? #bcpoli
Thinking about becoming a pollster. I have no experience, so… I think it's gonna work out. #bcpoli #bcelxn13
#bcpoli Am rather glad tonight I'm not a pollster, my name isn't Reid and I only had a six pack riding on the outcome
B.C. Election: Polls Were Wrong This slideshow shows tweets from the evening of the B.C. election, when pollsters turned out to be very wrong in their predictions.
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Eric Grenier analyses what happened last night - and where B.C. goes from here - for Huffington Post B.C.
After all polls were counted, NDP candidate David Eby was elected the riding's MLA with just 785 votes.
Still, it is unlikely the BC Liberals will do anything other than find her a safe riding and generate a by-election very soon.
Jane Shin, the NDP candidate who was at the centre of a controversy over comments made online years before, as well as accusations over her credentials, has been elected as MLA for Bunrnaby-Lougheed.
“My congratulations to Premier Christy Clark on her successful re-election campaign and the formation of a new government, with which I look forward to continuing a positive working relationship. As Mayor, I’m committed to working with the Premier on building the partnerships we need to deliver on Vancouver’s priorities, including strengthening our local economy, ending street homelessness, making housing more affordable, and investing in urgently-needed transit improvements."
"My father would have been 85 today - it's his birthday," Clark said. "he never got to see me in politics."
The newly-elected premier - who has yet to find out if she has won her own seat - thanked the voters and her competing party leaders.
She thanked her friend and advisor, Brad Bennett, to whom she said she would be "eternally grateful."
"Tonight," she said, "we have received a mandate... and together we will make British Columbia better."
She promised to work just as hard for those who did not vote for her, as those who did. She said she and the Liberals worked hard to balance the budget, implement the jobs plan and bring in their vision of a debt-free B.C. from the proceeds of LNG.
"Our future has never been brighter," she said.
Christy Clark has stood to a riotous crowd of supporters at Vancouver's Sheraton Wall Centre, chanting "Christy. Christy."
"We didn't split the vote, we are the vote in Oak Bay-Gordon Head," Andrew Weaver told his supporters tonight. The University of Victoria professor said that campaigning had been a radical departure from his lab bench - and that he was so uncomfortable at the beginning of his campaign, he needed help knocking on doors.
"Tonight," he said. "We've made history. You've made history. We all made history together."
(CREDIT: Theresa Fingler)
B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix addresses supporters after the Liberal Party was projected to win a majority government in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday May 14, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Asked if he would continue as leader, Dix said he would meet with his caucus and candidates over the coming days and they would decide together where they would go from here.
Dix promises to keep the government accountable. "We have brought change as a party," he says. He says the NDP will continue to fight for a just society, before thanking all the NDP candidates who ran, and congratulates all those candidates of all parties who have won. He says he regrets that participation was not greater, but that the NDP will continue to conduct politics in a positive fashion.
"Never a dull moment in B.C. Politics," he says, before telling his supporters that he has called Christy Clark and congratulated her.
"Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, and in B.C. sometimes it rains," he says.
Adrian Dix has taken to the stage at NDP party HQ, to cheers of "NDP, NDP".
4 gay MLAs heading back to BC legislature: @mableelmore @SChandraHerbert @mikefarnworthbc @NicholasSimons #BCelxn #BCPoli #CanQueer— Robin Perelle (@RobinPerelle) 2 years ago
NDP down 9 points in Northern Interior. Pipeline? #bcpoli— Kathryn M (@KathrynMarlow) 4 years ago
VANCOUVER - The B.C. Liberals will form a majority government, a stunning upset that has defied months of polling which had the party as many as 18 percentage points behind the NDP before the campaign started.
The Liberals re-elected incumbents, losing few of the seats they held before the election and even stealing some from the NDP they were never expected to win.
BC‽ what the sweet fancy Moses happened‽ #BCelection #bcelxn13— lisafrancez (@lfec77) 2 years ago
Everyone has the knives out for the pollsters - check out our gallery of Twitter reax.
BC Liberal leader Christy Clark and her son Hamish Marrisen-Clark, 11, share a laugh as they watch the results come in on tv of the British Columbia provincial election in Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday, May 14, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Terry Lake re-elected in Kamloops-North Thompson.
Wait, I got it. Pollsters were counting lawn signs. #bcpoli #bcelxn @Global_TV @GlobalBC— Yarko Petriw (@RiskAce) 3 years ago
An NDP supporter reacts while watching provincial election results come in while waiting for B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix to address supporters in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday May 14, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Christy Clark really is the "comeback kid", says Tony Parsons.
Can't help thinking back to Victoria by-election which appeared like an ndp loss until advance polls came in #bcpoli— Norman Spector (@nspector4) 2 years ago
RT @gwenbarlee: I think mainstream polling as we know it is dead. #bcpoli— C.Wilhelmson (@cwilhelmson) 4 years ago
To celebrate, the BC Liberals threw the environment off the Port Mann Super Bridge. #BCPoli— Brandon Yan (@pre_planner) 2 years ago