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B.C. NDP hangs on to Coquitlam seat in final vote count

06/05/2013 11:43 EDT | Updated 08/05/2013 05:12 EDT
The B.C. NDP has hung on to the Metro Vancouver riding of Coquitlam-Maillardville — the closest race in the province, and the last to be officially tallied.

Elections B.C. said Wednesday morning a judicial recount confirmed New Democrat Selina Robinson beat Liberal Steve Kim by just 41 votes.

Robinson says Kim called her last night to concede — allowing her to finally have a celebratory drink.

"We had a little bit of champagne, and then I crashed," she said. "It dawned on me ... that I went through three election nights in three weeks."

On election night, it looked like Kim would take the riding. But in a subsequent recount the result was reversed, giving Robinson a 35-vote lead. That narrow margin triggered an automatic judicial recount.

Robinson says the one thing she's sure of is she won’t continue working as a Coquitlam city councillor.

"I don't think you can sustain that,” she said. “I don't think you can do either really well when you split yourself like that. So I'm not prepared to do that."

The Liberals now hold 49 seats, the NDP has 34, and the Green Party and an Independent each have a single seat.

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