Summerside voters decided to stick with the governing Liberal party in the District 21 byelection Monday.
Liberal candidate Chris Palmer won the vacant seat with 978 votes, a total of 42.3 per cent of the total votes cast.
He briefly addressed supporters at his Water Street campaign office before heading off to the victory party at the Silver Fox Entertainment Complex.
“I am pretty happy with the numbers, of course,” said Palmer, eliciting cheers from his supporters.
“We are going to have a party now.”
Premier Wade MacLauchlan said he was “very pleased” with the outcome and, while he felt it was a vote of confidence in his government, gave full credit to Palmer for clinching the victory.
“A byelection is essentially local,” the premier said.
“That’s well-known in the electoral business, and in the case of Chris Palmer, he stepped up quickly, he got strong support from people through the nomination process, and from day one – I’ve been on the street with him and in through the doors – he’s had a real spring in his step from the very beginning to the end of the campaign.”