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Lamoureux retains seat in Winnipeg North

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Kevin Lamoureux barely held off a strong NDP charge at the polls Monday to retain the Winnipeg North seat he won in a byelection four months ago.

While some pollsters were predicting New Democrat Rebecca Blaikie would easily take back the seat the NDP lost in the Nov. 29 byelection, Lamoureux, 49, ensured Winnipeg North remains coloured Liberal red.

"Well, we did it again!" Lamoureux shouted to a small but enthusiastic gruop of about 150 supporters at the Punjab Banquet Hall. "It was a squeaker... I was a little nervous as I watched the results come in but I'm going to sleep good tonight."

Unofficial results showed Lamoureux won by about 100 votes.

Conservative candidate Anne Matejicka finished a decent third.

Even though Blaikie was a parachute candidate, she was expected to capture the seat that Judy Wasylycia-Leis held for the NDP for 13 years. She is the daughter of provincial NDP icon Bill Blaikie and had the party machine working overtime in what was considered to be the only close race in Manitoba for the New Democrats.

But Lamoureux's resilience ensured him another campaign victory.

His win is especially impressive as the Liberals finished third in the 2008 general election, with less than 10 per cent of the vote in Winnipeg North.

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