Liberal Leader Gerry Reid lost a squeaker inhis home district of The Isles of Notre Dameon Tuesday night, in one of the most hotly contested races in Newfoundland and Labrador's election.

When all the votes were in,PC candidate Derrick Dalley defeated Reid byseven votes, taking 50.1 per cent of the popular vote in the two-candidate race.

The lead went back and forth as each of the 40 polls reported in. However, the outcomewas notentirely determined by Tuesday's voters.

Advance, special and mail-in votes were the last ones counted, and when these were tabulated, the votes totalled:

  • Derrick Dalley, 2,371 votes
  • Gerry Reid, 2,364 votes

A margin of fewer than10 votes triggers an automatic recount.