Election 2016 live blog

Election night results and observations from the Yukon News editorial team.

10:53 p.m.

It’s all over and Sandy Silver will be the next Premier of Yukon. The Liberals won 11 seats, sweeping the Yukon Party from power and knocking the NDP down to two. We’ll have a story online shortly. In the meantime you can find complete results here. 

10:27 p.m.

At this point, it looks like the Liberals are going form government. Right now, the Liberals have 10 seats to the Yukon Party’s seven and the NDP’s two. There remain some polls left to report. “We are ready to hit the ground running,” Sandy Silver told supporters in Dawson City. 

10:11 p.m.

Another incumbent goes down to defeat, this time in Vuntut Gwitchin, where Darius Elias of the Yukon Party (and a former Liberal) fell to Pauline Frost of the Liberals by a mere seven votes. Skeeter Wright of the NDP, a parachute candidate, got three votes.

In Watson Lake, Patti McLeod beat Erin Labonte of the NDP by 80 votes. The Liberals finished a close third and Independent Victor Kisoun got five per cent.

10:01 p.m.

A major story out of the Whitehorse riding of Mountainview: Premier Darrell Pasloski has lost his seat. Liberal Jeanie Dendys has edged out the NDP Shaunagh Stikeman by six votes with all polls reporting. Right now, the seat count stands at eight for the Liberals, five for the Yukon Party, and two for the NDP.

Some other big upsets are bad news for the NDP. John Streicker of the Liberals has defeated incumbent Kevin Barr in Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes by 14 votes. Meanwhile, in Riverdale South, incumbent Jan Stick has lost to Tracy McPhee of the Liberals by 37 votes.  

9:41 p.m.

Copperbelt South, one of the most intriguing seats going into the night, is a Yukon Party gain. Scott Kent, a cabinet minister who formerly represented Riverdale North, beat Whitehorse city councillor Jocelyn Curteanu by 24 votes. NDP incumbent Lois Moorcroft, who won in 2011 by three votes, finished third. All six polls are reporting here. 

9:30 p.m.

It’s over in Mayo-Tatchun. Liberal Don Hutton has taken the seat from New Democrat Jim Tredger by 98 votes with all seven polls reporting. It’s the first confirmed Liberal gain. 

9:25 p.m.

Reporter Pierre Chauvin is at NDP headquarters in Whitehorse and spoke to Audrey McLaughlin, the former leader of the federal NDP, who acknowledged that the NDP’s early results aren’t strong: “There’s some hangover from the federal election for sure, we’re seeing some of that absolutely…. We know in the Yukon sometimes people win by two votes, sometimes by three votes. I always like to wait until the end before i get too happy or too sad. Of course I’d like to see us doing better at this point, but I’ve always said in politics you work has hard as you can and whatever… then you’ll have to let it be what it will be.”

9:15 p.m.

Let’s check in on the leaders. Liberal Leader Sandy Silver looks to be cruising to a win in Klondike with 64 per cent of the vote and three of seven polls reporting. In Mountainview, Yukon Party Leader (and premier) Darrell Pasloski is in third place, 62 votes behind Liberal Jeanie Dendys and two votes behind the NDP’s Shaunagh Stikeman. In Whitehorse Centre, six votes from Birch Lodge has Doug Graham up with four votes, to NDP Leader Liz Hanson’s single vote. Liberal Tamara Goeppel also has one. 

9:01 p.m.

With polls closed for an hour now, there’s a few ridings where the picture is starting to looking a little more clear. In Riverdale North, Nils Clarke looks like he’ll win Riverdale North for the Liberals, with a 127 vote lead over the NDP’s Rod Snow and two polls left to report. Overall, the Liberals are leadering or elected in six ridings, the NDP in three and the Yukon Party in two. The Liberals have about 41 per cent of the total vote, while the Yukon Party has 29 and the NDP has 27. If these numbers hold, and we don’t yet know if they will, the Liberals could be within reach of a majority. But again, still early.

8:27 p.m.

Numbers! They’re early, but Mark Beese of the Yukon Party has a two-vote lead over Nils Clarke of the Liberals in Riverdale North. Meanwhile, Elaine Taylor is leadering Liberal Richard Mostyn by 10 votes in Whitehorse West. Not much to go on, but we’re off the schneid.

8:19 p.m.

Still waiting on results, but when they come in, you can keep track with our chart here.

8:03 p.m.

The polls are closed across Yukon. While we wait for results to roll in here, here’s a look at the results of Student Vote Yukon’s mock election, held today, (and under embargo until the real polls closed!). The Liberals took seven seats, the NDP took four and the Yukon Party two, with six districts unrepresented. The Liberals took just a shade over 35 per cent of the vote, while the NDP got just a shade under 35 per cent. The Yukon Party took 23 per cent and the Greens got just over six. Nearly 1,400 students at 19 schools took place. For complete results, click here.

5:42 p.m.

Good evening, Chris Windeyer here. I’ll be running the Yukon News Election Night Command Centre (aka my office), while our reporters and photographers are in the field. 

I’ll be updating local races as fast as I can and passing on tidbits from our reporters. Maura Forrest is with the Liberals at the Old Fire Hall, Ashley Joannou at the Gold Rush, and Pierre Chauvin is with the NDP at Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre.