Liberal candidate Randy Boissonnault claims victory in Edmonton Centre riding

Liberal candidate Randy Boissonnault has won the federal election race in Edmonton Centre.

Incumbent Conservative candidate James Cumming also conceded the contest Wednesday on Twitter.

While Elections Canada showed Boissonnault leading by 137 votes with 208 of 209 polls reporting on Monday, the riding was too close to call on election night. Results posted Wednesday by Elections Canada show Boissonnault won by just 577 votes, gathering 33.7 per cent of the vote compared to Cumming’s 32.5 per cent.

In a tweet Wednesday, Boissonnault said he is “humbled” to serve as the riding’s MP once again. He said Edmontonians wanted a strong progressive voice in the federal government.

“Edmontonians have embraced a progressive vision of the future, a vision for $10-a-day child care, a real plan to fight climate change while growing and diversifying our economy, and a commitment to supporting Canadians to an end of this pandemic and beyond,” his account posted on Twitter.

In a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday, Cumming said his team didn’t get the result they wanted. He thanked his volunteers, his family and voters, for their support.

He also congratulated Boissonnault.

“You know what this riding’s like,” he said. “They demand performance, and I hope that you will stand up to the citizens of Edmonton Centre.”

Cumming said he isn’t sure what his next move will be.

Boissonnault was the Liberal MP for the riding from 2015 to 2019, when he lost the seat to Cumming.

Historically, the riding has been notorious for its close races. This year’s election became a three-way contest between Boissonnault, Cumming, and NDP candidate Heather MacKenzie.

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