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Premier Darrell Dexter addresses supporters after being defeated in the Nova Scotia provincial election in Halifax on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Voters in Nova Scotia dumped the NDP on Tuesday after giving Dexter an historic election victory four years ago, turning this time to Liberal Stephen McNeil, who swept to power on promises to bring soaring electricity rates under control while putting an end to corporate handouts. (The Canadian Press)

The tight race between NDP Premier Darrell Dexter and the Liberal competitor that took his Halifax-area seat in the Nova Scotia election was even closer than initially thought.

Elections Nova Scotia said Dexter lost his seat in Cole Harbour-Portland Valley to little-known Liberal Tony Ince by 21 votes, not the 31 originally reported on election night Tuesday.

The agency updated the numbers following an official recount Thursday in all returning offices.

Elections Nova Scotia said the deadline to request a judicial recount of the results is next Tuesday.

Dexter has represented the area in the legislature for 15 years.

No one from his campaign could be reached for comment.

The 56-year-old Dexter saw his party, which went into the election with a healthy majority, reduced to just seven seats.

The Liberals won 33 seats in the 51-seat legislature, while the Progressive Conservatives took 11.

2009 and 2013 Nova Scotia political map