Challenger Bill Martin, a local businessman, enjoyed a strong lead throughout the night, taking about two-thirds of the votes.
Preliminary results from Elections P.E.I. were:- Martin: 4,614.
- Stewart: 2,092.
Supporters began gathering at Stewart's house within 90 minutes of the polls' closing to tell him they have enjoyed working with him.
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Stewart has been mayor of Summerside since 1985. He had said that this would be his last election.