Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals have won a fourth straight mandate from Ontarians, and a majority, while the PC’s are looking for a new leader.
The Grits lead or have been elected in 59 ridings, compared to 27 for the Progressive Conservatives and 21 for the New Democrats.
The popular vote is closer.
The Liberals own 37% of the votes cast so far, compared to 31% for the P-Cs and 25% for the New Democrats.
As an unelected premier, Wynne was on the defensive throughout the 40-day election campaign, as the opposition attacked the party over expensive decisions made by her predecessor Dalton McGuinty.
They included the cancellation of two gas plants, something that could cost as much as 1.1 billion dollars.
She was also grilled over Ontario’s $12.5-billion deficit.
As for the leaders, Wynne easily held her Don Valley West riding, PC Leader Tim Hudak has been re-elected in Niagara West-Glanbrook and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath took her seat again in Hamilton Centre.
Hudak, however, has announced his resignation as the party’s leader but says he will remain at Queen’s Park as a Member of Provincial Parliament.
Hamilton-Mountain’s Monique Taylor is going back to Queen’s Park.
Paul Miller in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek has also held onto his seat.
In Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, Liberal Ted McMeekin has won his seat again.
There was an upset in Burlington, where Liberal Eleanor McMahon beat PC incumbent Jane McKenna.