Abbotsford-Mission Liberal candidate was strongly ahead early on during the election race.

Local candidates watching as results come in

Polls closed at 8 p.m. and Abbotsford-Mission's Liberal and NDP candidates were both upbeat

9:24:

Early results in the Abbotsford-Mission riding were still seeing BC Liberal candidate Simon Gibson with a lead over BC NDP candidate Preet Rai.

Shortly after 9 p.m., volunteers and supporters of Rai’s gathered at his First Avenue campaign office. The mood was quiet as everyone was carefully watching television at the front of the room where the ballot counts streamed in from across the province.

Just two blocks down the road at Gibson’s office, the room was decidedly more energetic.

And while Gibson was still cautious about his lead, he did say that it “seemed very promising.

At this posting, with 25 of 117 ballot boxes reporting, Gibson sat with 2,067 votes and Rai had 683. In third place so far is BC Conservative Don Stahl.

 

 

 

7:59:

With just minutes to go before polls closed in the 2013 provincial election, candidates in the Abbotsford-Mission riding were nervous and optimistic about the results.

In the NDP’s camp, Preet Rai was joined by a dozen supporters in his Mission campaign office on First Avenue, which was decorated in orange and overflowing with food and drinks.

“I feel great — pumped,” said Rai, who is currently a school trustee in Abbotsford.

“We put in a great effort,” commented Rai’s campaign manager Stan Petersen, adding volunteers have been busy calling constituents and encouraging them to vote.

In Simon Gibson’s BC Liberal office at the corner of Horne Street and N. Railway Avenue in Mission, about a dozen volunteers were preparing for the big night as more supporters trickled in.

Gibson, who spent the day with his family, arrived at the campaign headquarters just before 6 p.m. He’s optimistic about his chances, but noted it will be more challenging for his party province wide.

The last few months have been positive and there has been a lot of support from constituents, said Gibson, who is a city councillor in Abbotsford.

Just Posted

Four cheer teams heading to Florida

Mission’s Academy of Cheer Excellence will compete in the Summit World Championships in Orlando

Job market to remain tight in coming years: report

Conference Board of Canada predicts region’s unemployment rate to remain below five per cent

Trio of Mission lacrosse talents sign with U.S. schools

Abbott, Adams and Bramley continuing lacrosse journey in NCAA

Sister of teen gunned down in 2014 aims to keep kids out of gangs

Jessica Sherman volunteers for KidsPlay Foundation in Abbotsford

Mission students, teachers help to create art work

Heritage Park Middle School unveiled A River of Belonging

VIDEO: Killer whales hunt for seals in Vancouver harbour

Bigg’s killer whales feed on marine mammals like seals, sea lions, dolphins and even other whales

VIDEO: B.C.’s waving granny gets incredible send-off from school kids

Tinney Davidson has been waving at students on their way to school for over 11 years, but is moving in a month

Struggling B.C. adoption agency elects new board that intends to keep it open

The previous board announced that Choices would close May 31

Woman, 60, charged in connection to thefts at YVR

RCMP believe the foreign national is part of a larger organized theft group

Vancouver man, 19, charged in human trafficking case involving teen girl

The 16-year-old girl was reported missing and later discovered in Vancouver

Worst 10 bus routes in Metro Vancouver for rider complaints

TransLink releases list, with Route 319 at the top

Mayors, First Nations chiefs, urge ‘immediate action’ on new Massey crossing

Joint letter asks province to move up timeline, consider only eight-lane tunnel options

Bus driver assault in Vancouver once again raises safety concerns

A 49-year-old Surrey man was released on a promise to appear in court. No charge has been laid

Most Read