The Blue Wave that swept the province was efficient. Progressive Conservatives won in a landslide majority under Doug Ford, even though they got about 40 per cent of the vote. As predicted by the pollsters, The New Democrats were just six percentage points behind in the popular vote at just under 34 per cent. While they piled up some big wins, the distribution of votes left them short of a victory.
In Kenora Rainy-River, just over 56 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot, but they sent a strong message. Half those who cast a ballot sent former federal cabinet minister Greg Rickford to Queen's Park, and quite likely back to the head table with a position in cabinet. In the end, he got 9,693 votes.
NDP nominee Glen Archer finished the night with over 7,500 votes, representing 37 per cent of the votes cast.
The Liberal Party’s Karen Kejick had over 2,100 votes, for 10 per cent of the local votes. Ember McKillop of the Green Party had just over 3 per cent, with 720 votes cast.