The B.C. election has been the NDP’s to lose, the Liberals’ to survive

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See a riding-by-riding breakdown of the results as they come in

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VANCOUVER — Voters in British Columbia go to the polls today in what was the provincial New Democrats’ election to lose.

It was the Liberals’ to survive — early polls suggested the best they could hope for was to save their party and prevent a rout in a province known for not just voting governments out of power, but sending them into political purgatory.

If that was the case, then both of the province’s main political parties appear to have succeeded in a hard-fought four-week election campaign.

New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix ran a populist campaign, appealing to voters’s desire for change after 12 years of Liberal rule. There was a lot of water under the government bridge, a fact Dix reminded the electorate of as doggedly…

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