VANCOUVER -- The Liberals defied common wisdom and months of abysmal polling numbers to win British Columbia's election Tuesday, a shocking turnaround for a party and a premier who had once been declared by one opinion survey as among the two worst in the country.
Premier Christy Clark's Liberals were projected to win, re-electing incumbents and even stealing a few from the NDP in areas they were never expected to win.
The election also brought in Canada's first Green MLA. Andrew Weaver defeated Liberal cabinet minister Ida Chong in Oak Bay-Gordon Head.
With polls closed for a little more than an hour, the Liberals were elected in nearly a third of the province's 85 ridings, including both Kamloops-area ridings that have long been considered bellwether in provincial elections for a century.
The Liberals also took back a seat in the Fraser Valley they lost in last year's byelection and snatched a seat from longtime NDP MLA Harry Lali in Fraser-Nicola in the Fraser Canyon.
The vote came after a month-long campaign that saw the Liberal party play the part of underdog under Clark, who took over the party from Gordon Campbell more than two years ago.
Opinion polls had consistently placed Clark's main opponent, NDP Leader Adrian Dix, as a favourite to win.
-- The Canadian Press