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A western Winnipeg riding, St. James includes the neighbourhoods around Polo Park, including part of Minto, as well as Birchwood, Bruce Park, Deer Lodge, King Edward and Kensington.
It is one of the oldest ridings in Winnipeg, with almost one in five people over the age of 65.
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Services, government and manufacturing account for more than half the jobs.
It is one of the better-educated ridings, with nearly 60 per cent of working-age adults having more than a high school diploma.
Although the median income is above the provincial median, nearly a quarter of kids under six years old live in poverty here.
Median age: 40.5
Immigrants: 12.9 per cent
Aboriginal population: 7.7 per cent
Living in poverty: 15.6 per cent
Median income: $27,288
St. James has been in existence in various forms since 1958 and has been held by all three major provincial parties since then. The NDP have been dominant here mostly in the last three decades however. The Liberals held it with Paul Edwards between 1988 and 1995. The last time the Tories won here was 1973.
Bonnie Korzeniowski, who has been the MLA since 1999, won by nearly 2,000 votes in 2007 but she is not running again in this election, leaving the riding without an incumbent. It has been marked as a target seat by the Tories and Liberals, making this a riding to watch.
Bonnie Korzeniowski, NDP 4,231
Kristine McGhee, PC 2,344
Fred Morris, LIB 656
Mike Johannson GRN 340
Turnout: 59.20 per cent
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