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Brandon East is one of the two electoral divisions in Manitoba’s second-largest city. The riding, as its name implies, includes the eastern half of Brandon.
It has one of the higher poverty rates in the province, though its median income lies somewhere in the middle of the pack.
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Fewer than one in 10 residents are immigrants, and about one in eight are aboriginal.
It is slightly younger overall than the province as a whole.
Services and retail account for most of its economic activity.
Median age: 34.8
Immigrants: 6.0 per cent
Aboriginal population: 12.7 per cent
Living in poverty: 22.4 per cent
Median income: $22,919
The NDP have won this riding every election since it was created in 1969.
The results in 2007, however, saw the Conservatives make inroads and hold MLA Drew Caldwell to his smallest ever margin of victory.
The 2011 election will see a rematch between Caldwell and Tory Mike Waddell.
Drew Caldwell NDP 3,760
Mike Waddell, PC 2,655
Cheryl Burke LIB 554
Turnout: 58.72 per cent
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