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Historic victory for Morris PC incumbent Mavis Taillieu

Glen Hallick
Mavis Taillieu reached a historic high percentage of the votes in Morris.

Mavis Taillieu reached a historic high percentage of the votes in Morris.

Morris voters handed Mavis Taillieu a third term on Tuesday night.

The Progressive Conservative MLA easily out distanced her two competitors with an whopping 73.6 per cent of the 7,701 ballots cast. It's the first time in 30 years the Tories have topped the 70 per cent mark.

And it's the largest share of the vote a Morris candidate has received since Manitoba went to the current first-past-the-post system in the 1950s. The late cabinet minister Warner Jorgenson won 72.8 per cent of the votes in the 1977 provincial election. The feat was almost matched four years later when Clayton Manness garnered 71.2 per cent.

New Democrat Mohamed Alli finished with 1,480 votes for 19.2 per cent. That was well down from the party's 2007 showing when they took 32.3 per cent of the vote, a record for the NDP in the long time Tory stronghold. And it was the first time since 1995 the party finished below the 20 per cent mark.

Liberal fortunes in the riding continue to decline. Janelle Mailhot received 506 votes for a share of 6.6 per cent, the party's worst showing in Morris. The Liberal share peaked in the 1995 election at 25 per cent, dropped to 20 by 2003 and further to 10.4 in 2007.

Turnout of the 15,086 registered voters was slightly over 51 per cent.