A judicial recount in Kings North has confirmed Progressive Conservative challenger John Lohr beat NDP incumbent Jim Morton in the provincial election.
Morton had asked for a fresh count after official results following the Oct. 8 election showed him losing by 32 votes.
Monday's recount narrowed the gap to 21 votes. But it still means Lohr, a local farmer, is the winner.
"In some ways my experience with the judicial recount is a validation of the effectiveness of the electoral process," Morton said after learning the recount results.
"Looking back I'll know we did a double check and I'm satisfied we got the correct outcome."
Teams of scrutineers carefully made their way through 44 ballot boxes under the watchful eye of Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Michael Wood. They counted more than 8,900 ballots.
Here are the recount results:
|PC John Lohr||2,903 (Down one from official results)|
|NDP Jim Morton||2,882 (Up 10 from official results|
|Liberal Stephen Pearl||2,787 (Up three from official results)|
|Green Mary Lou Harley||362 (No change)|
Kings North was the second closest race in the provincial election.
NDP Premier Darrell Dexter lost his riding of Cole Harbour-Portland Valley by just 21 votes to Liberal Tony Ince. Dexter declined to seek a judicial recount.
While Kings North and Cole Harbour-Portland Valley were tight races, they are far from the closest in Nova Scotia political history.
In 1999, Progressive Conservative Cecil O’Donnell received the same number of votes (3,206) in the riding of Shelburne as the Liberal incumbent. The returning officer cast the tie-breaking vote in favour of O’Donnell.