Polls earlier in the election campaign suggested the Alberta Wildrose was flirting with a majority, but it seems those numbers didn't translate on election day.

Although Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith won her seat in Highwood with just over half the popular vote, the Progressive Conservatives won a majority government.

"Tonight we found out change might take a little longer than we thought," Smith said in her concession speech, adding that her party was up against a formidable opponent.

The Wildrose has been elected in 17 ridings — a big jump from no seats in the 2008 election.

Smith said that growth is "nothing short of remarkable" and she is proud of her party's campaign.

"Am I surprised? Yeah. Am I disappointed? Yeah. Am I discouraged? Not a chance," she said.

Smith said she stands at the helm of the Official Opposition, and she will "hold the government to account on behalf of all Albertans."

It seems those who cast ballots in Calgary voted strategically, with a collapsed Liberal vote going to the Progressive Conservatives.

It also looks like rural ridings are more split between the PCs and Wildrose than what was originally predicted in early election polls.