Clark rallied her campaign workers Tuesday in West Kelowna, telling them to make every vote count and keep working right up until the final votes are tallied on Wednesday.
Outside her headquarters, Kelowna residents joined with former Liberal MLAs and party insiders from across the province to canvass neighbourhoods, make phone calls and plant signs.
Clark said she considers this byelection as important at the May 14 provincial election during which she led the Liberals to their fourth consecutive mandate.
"I have to work hard just like I did in the general election to meet as many people as I can, to talk to them about what they want for this community," she said while visiting a Kelowna company that has made international breakthroughs in online activities for young people.
"If I'm elected, four years from now, I want people to look at me and say she did what she said she was going to do," said Clark. "I want to learn about all the issues in this community, so I can represent it well."
Just before the May election, Adrian Dix's New Democrats were rehearsing victory speeches and party campaign workers were counting potential seats on election night as polls had the NDP heading for victory. But when the votes were counted, Clark's Liberals had an even larger majority than in 2009.
Dejected New Democrats could only point to the one small victory of David Eby's defeat of Clark in her Vancouver-Point Grey riding.
Shortly after the election, former Liberal cabinet minister Ben Stewart, who easily won Westside-Kelowna with 58 per cent of the vote, stepped down to allow Clark to run in what is considered safe Liberal territory.
Former Liberal cabinet minister John Les said he drove to Kelowna from Chilliwack to work on Clark's campaign.
Les, a former solicitor general, retired before the last election, but worked on Liberal campaigns in the Fraser Valley in May.
"Obviously, nobody's taking anything for granted," he said. "We certainly aren't; neither is Christy. Elections are volatile things as we now know so well in this province."
Les said he was disappointed when Clark lost her seat, but it could have been worse.
"I was very much happier with that than I would have been with the reverse result, where she would have won her own riding and lost the general election," he said.
On Tuesday, Clark toured Kelowna's Disney-linked award-winning children's online entertainment centre, Club Penguin, where a company artist drew a penguin-like cartoon image of the premier.
The premier said if elected Westside-Kelowna's new member of the legislature her goals for local residents include improving traffic congestion in the area, expanding the area's health care facilities and laying plans for a second bridge crossing over Okanagan Lake.
Clark and seven other candidates, including New Democrat challenger Carole Gordon, are on the ballot.
New Democrat candidate Carole Gordon said she has the home-field advantage because she has in the Kelowna area for the past 40 years and her deep roots count with voters.
"This won't be her No. 1 priority," said Gordon, who ran unsuccessfully for the NDP in the riding in May's election. "I have a 40-year history in this community."
But Forests Minister Steve Thomson, who represents nearby Kelowna-Mission, said the premier is running a strong, positive campaign and losing is not a possibility he is willing to consider.
Elections BC said more than 5,700 people have already cast their ballots, and the polls will be open Wednesday for general-voting day between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost of the byelection will run close to $500,000, said Elections BC spokesman Don Bains.
"We hire people to work at all the voting locations, we open a district electoral office, we still have all the material and ballot boxes, and training that we need to do."
He said there are over 45,000 people registered to vote in the Westside-Kelowna electoral district. (The Canadian Press, CKFR)
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