06/12/2014 09:49 EDT | Updated 08/12/2014 05:59 EDT

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne wins her riding in Ontario election

TORONTO - Ontario's Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne has been re-elected in her Toronto-area riding.

Wynne had no trouble keeping her seat in Don Valley West as her party won a fourth straight mandate in Ontario.

It was a high stakes election for Wynne, whose position as provincial leader had yet to be ratified by voters.

She became Ontario's first woman premier and Canada's first openly gay provincial leader when she took office after a leadership contest on Feb. 11, 2013.

The 61-year-old was first elected to the provincial legislature in 2003, after serving as a Toronto school trustee and running her own company as a conflict mediation professional.

Wynne was on the defensive for much of the 40-day election campaign as she came under attack by her rivals over expensive decisions made by her predecessor, Dalton McGuinty.

Wynne apologized for past mistakes made by her party and continually portrayed the Liberals as the only ones who would govern with a "balanced approach."

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