Keeping an eye on the weather today. If things get worse, the perceived strength of Judy's get out the vote team could have a significant impact on tonight's results.
Picking up some chat on Twitter about strong voter turnout in Mynarski. Not surprising given the tight race between Motkaluk and Eadie.
Campaigns appear to have largely abandoned social media today in favour of traditional get out the vote efforts.
@toronto - Not surprised to hear that given the 3-way (4-way?) race in that ward this time around. Should make it an interesting one to watch.
While this hardly qualifies as "hard hitting election analysis," let me say that the prospect of JWL hitting the stage to a 25-yeard old Pointer SIsters song ("Jump") doesn't exactly set the tone for a whole New Winnipeg. Now a commissioned piece by JK Samson, that would be cool.
Larkins says the wind is going to continue to howl for the next few hours. That's not going to help get the last-minute stragglers out to the polls tonight. GOTV teams are working hard right now.
Winnipeg election officials are saying we're on track for around 50% voter turnout. Already more than 110,000 votes cast as of 4 pm today.
Polls closed. With the use of voting machines, results should be coming in very quickly. We'll have a good sense of most races within 90 minutes.
Orlikow has a commanding lead on Kowalson at this point. Unless no polls from Linden Woods have reported, this is going to be difficult to make up.
Never underestimate Harvey Smith. He's faced challenges before and always seems to find a way to win.
JWL officially concedes to Sam Katz. Looks like the Global-Ipsos poll last Friday was accurate.
A couple of very close, vey interesting races tonight. Charleswood and Elmwood are both effectively tied right now.
Steen takes a close race in Elmwood, benefitting from a vote split on the left. A gain for Katz, balances off Eadie's win in Mynarski.
Crime was the number one issue in polls throughout the campaign, and Katz was definitely more closely identified as the "hard on crime" candidate of the two. While the candidates wandered off the topic a bit in the middle of the campaign, the tragic shootings last weekend definitely brought it back into focus for voters.
Mayor Katz re-elected. Still has nine solid votes on Council. So is this Winnipeg's way of saying "We're good?"
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