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Liberal incumbent Michael McLeod re-elected in N.W.T.

Incumbent Liberal Michael McLeod has held his seat in the N.W.T., with all polls reporting.

Incumbent Liberal Michael McLeod holds his seat despite taking less of the popular vote than in 2015

Liberal incumbent Michael McLeod has been re-elected in the Northwest Territories. (Hilary Bird/CBC)

CBC projects that incumbent Michael McLeod will be re-elected in the Northwest Territories.

With all polls reporting, the Liberal candidate has 40.0 per cent of votes, defeating Conservative candidate Yanik D'Aigle, his closest challenger, at 25.8 per cent.

The NDP's Mary Beckett won 21.8 per cent of votes, the Green's Paul Falvo had 10.6 per cent, and PPC candidate Luke Quinlan took 1.8 per cent.

At Liberal election night headquarters in Yellowknife, McLeod said he was "excited" and "relieved."

"I was also looking for confirmation that the work I've been doing for the past four years is what people wanted to see," McLeod said.

"It's a real sense of relief to have that, and it's also very satisfying to know that people want me to continue."

Michael McLeod has won re-election in the N.W.T. (Mario De Ciccio/Radio-Canada)

McLeod reiterated comments he previously made to CBC that he would seek a cabinet position in the next government.

"I've always indicated I'm interested in sitting on cabinet," McLeod said. "I've informed the Prime Minister's Office before [and] I've informed him again — his office — that I'm interested."

"But of course it's his call ... I'll live with whatever decision he makes."

Polls in the 2019 federal election closed across the Northwest Territories at 7:30 p.m.

In the N.W.T. 2,437 voters elected to vote under advance polling. That's about eight per cent of eligible N.W.T. voters. It's also 17.5 per cent fewer advance voters than in 2015, when 2,965 cast advance ballots.

Preliminary numbers show the N.W.T.'s voter turnout at 54.9 per cent with 16,588 total ballots cast, several percentage points lower than 2015, where it sat at 63.4 per cent.

With files from Hilary Bird

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