09/04/2012 08:47 EDT | Updated 11/04/2012 05:12 EST

Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois easily keeps her Quebec City-area seat

BEAUPRE, Que. - Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois has won her riding near Quebec City.

Marois easily won the newly created riding of Charlevoix-Cote-de-Beaupre on Tuesday night.

The 63-year-old veteran politician romped to victory with about 50 per cent of the popular vote, well ahead of her Liberal counterpart with the Coalition for Quebec's Future candidate running third.

Marois won roughly the same riding, with different boundaries, in 2008 with just over 52 per cent of the vote.