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Everyone is going to have to wait until Wednesday morning for the results in Wolseley to see if Manitoba has its first Green Party representative.
With 700 votes still to be tallied, the final official count is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday.
Green Party scrutineers say their candidate, David Nickarz won 24 of 44 polls over incumbent NDP Rob Altemeyer. In 2011, when Green Party leader James Beddome came in second in Wolseley, he did not win a single poll. Nickarz has almost doubled the vote count from 2011.
"We’re so happy with our team and now we have to wait for tomorrow morning." Nickarz said.
"All I know is it is really close," Altemeyer said.
"We knew it was going to be a completely different election.
"We had really good response at the door and to the more than 100 improvements in the community, but a lot of people said they were undecided - I will see which way it goes tomorrow."
The Greens had been building momentum throughout the campaign, capped off by party leader James Beddome’s strong performance in a televised debate a week before the polls opened.
Before all the votes were tallied tonight the party was well on its way to doubling its share of the popular vote to more than five per cent up from 2.5 per cent in 2011.
Party leader Beddome, who ran in Fort Garry/Riverview after finishing second in Wolseley in 2011, came in third in his riding.
"I think we built ourselves as a credible and viable alternative in Manitoba," Beddome said. "Regardless of the outcome we have been quite successful at that throughout the campaign showing Manitobans we do have something to offer."
"Bit by bit we’re fighting our way into the minds of Manitoba voters," Beddome said. "We’re earning that credibility. We have made some progress. There’s still work to be done but we continue to get our ideas moving forward."
Those ideas include policies like a carbon tax, a guaranteed annual income to fight poverty, a moratorium on new hydro dam construction, an end to corporate welfare tax breaks and fare-free transit.
"We’re not going anywhere," Beddome said, pointing out the party did have three second place results even before the Wolseley count is finished.
Martin Cash has been writing a column and business news at the Free Press since 1989. Over those years he’s written through a number of business cycles and the rise and fall (and rise) in fortunes of many local businesses.
Updated on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 11:28 PM CDT: Updates with writethru.
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