By Lethbridge Herald on May 6, 2015.
The longshot candidates in Cypress-Medicine Hat aren’t surprised that Wildrose incumbent Drew Barnes held on to his seat.
The surprise — and joy — came with the NDP majority.
“I’m quite amazed but also delighted. I think it’s going to be a remarkable wind of change in Alberta, the likes of which we’ve never seen,” said Liberal candidate Eric Musekamp, who came last with just a few hundred votes. He expects Notley will pull the NDP towards a more centrist stance.
“Rachel Notley is a remarkable leader, and I think she’s going to give us a brand of NDP that’s going to be Alberta’s own.”
NDP candidate Bev Waege said she never expected to beat incumbent Drew Barnes — but she’s still happy she ran.
“I’m kind of pleased I’m part of making history,” said Waege, joining in the celebrations with Medicine Hat NDP candidate Bob Wanner who won the city.
While absent from debates and commenting for media stories, Waege said she was able to get out door-knocking during the campaign in areas like Schuler, Hilda, Foremost and Burdett — but she also was holding down her job. She attributes much of her support, including the neck-in-neck vote count with PC candidate Bob Olson — to the general rise in the NDP’s fortune.
“It’s amazing; it’s been a longtime coming,” said Waege of the NDP majority.
Having retired just a few months ago, PC candidate Olson said that not winning the election will simply mean returning to retirement.
“I’ll just go back to being retired,” said Olson.
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