Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Ralph is Crowned Again

The Conservative Party has won their tenth consecutive election in Alberta. Ralph Klein cruised to victory with 47% of the vote as CBC predicted a Conservative majority only thirty-five minutes after the polls closed. However, for the first time in the Klein era, it appears as though the Tories will lose seats. As of 11:30 PM mst the Conservatives lead in only 60 ridings, down fourteen from before the election. The Liberals lead in eighteen seats while the NDP is poised to claim three seats and the Alberta Alliance one.

In fact, it is the emergence of the Alberta Alliance which may have done the greatest harm to Ralph Klein. The fledgling party picked up the support of 9% of Albertans, only half a percent less than the NDP. By in large, these voters supported Klein four years ago but abandoned the Premier tonight. (Ed's note, closer analysis of the results show the Alliance probably only had a small impact because most seats changed hands in Edmonton where the Alliance had minimal support)

Ralph Klein easily cruised to victory in his Calgary riding, while NDP leader Brian Mason and Liberal leader Kevin Taft claimed victory as well. Alliance leader Randy Thorsteinson on the other hand was defeated by Conservative Luke Oullette.

Much more to come on the Alberta election tomorrow.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, the Alliance screwed the Conservatives, but Klein still has a solid majority. Another couple of years of reasonable government.

10:57 a.m.  
Blogger Hobbesian said...

Well, we could have done a lot better, that's for sure. I think the party will have to take a serious look at this campaign and rethink for the future.

On another note, was the site down this weekend or was it just me?

3:57 p.m.  
Blogger Marina974 said...

I think the election showed a crack in Ralph's armor, but who knows.

Website was down for me too. Wonder what the problem was.

4:02 p.m.  
Blogger Gracchi said...

I had an HTML problem, I think it was on Blogspot's end. I alerted them and changed my password. Problem seems to be solved now, hope it doesn't re-occur.

4:06 p.m.  

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