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Liberal's Michael McLeod wins Northwest Territories

Liberal Michael McLeod has unseated NDP incumbent Dennis Bevington as Northwest Territories MP. 'We needed to see a change,' McLeod said.

NDP incumbent Dennis Bevington concedes election to Liberal's McLeod

Liberal candidate Michael McLeod greets supporters at his campaign office on election night. (Richard Gleeson/CBC)

Liberal candidate Michael McLeod has won a decisive win in the N.W.T. — part of a red wave that took all three seats in the Northern territories. 

With 90 of 93 polls reporting, McLeod has 48.5 per cent of the vote, and a more than 3,000-vote lead over NDP incumbent Dennis Bevington.

"It's been a long campaign and I'm very glad to see the results of our hard work," McLeod told supporters in Yellowknife, after the runner-up conceded. "We needed to see a change."

The brother of N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod, Michael McLeod said his team worked hard during this campaign to find Liberal supporters.

"We wanted to reach out to as many communities as we could, as many people as we could, and we criss-crossed the Northwest Territories, by road and by air." 

Bevington, who took about 30 per cent of the vote, went over in person to McLeod's headquarters to concede the election.

Both the Conservative Floyd Roland, who was in third place with about 18 per cent, and John Moore of the Green Party, who has 2.8 per cent of the vote, telephoned to concede.

Bevington told his supporters that the NDP candidates who were elected will work to make sure the change promised by Justin Trudeau's Liberals happens.

"There is one real change that has taken place, though, and that is the end of the Stephen Harper government," he said.

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