Ralph is Crowned Again
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.