A lacklustre Conservative campaign helped Dalton McGuinty become Ontario's first three-term Liberal premier in more than a century Thursday, but his record of broken promises and higher taxes made the win anything but decisive.
McGuinty overcame palpable voter anger to eke out a third win but lost seats and popular support in the process.
Despite being almost tied in voter support, McGuinty's Liberals managed to outpace the Tories under Tim Hudak where it mattered — in seat count.
"This boils down to the Liberals are better campaigners than they are government," said Laure Paquette, a political science professor at Lakehead University.
"They had a damn good campaign strategy and they were very disciplined about it."
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With files from The Canadian Press