North York Mirror
Liberal incumbent Laura Albanese was locked in a tough battle with NDP candidate Paul Ferreira in her bid to hold onto the York South-Weston provincial seat she won in the October 2007 general election.
In the end she pulled it off.
With all of the 218 polls reporting, Albanese came out on top by 842 votes over Ferreira.
"It's been a great campaign," said Albanese at her victory party at the Meridian Banquet and Convention Hall. "We knew it was going to be a close race."
Albanese added she was looking forward to the continuation of such projects as the Eglinton LRT and construction of the new Humber River Regional Hospital at Keele Street and Hwy. 401.
"I'm up to the challenge and I'll work hard to meet the needs of residents," she said.
Ferreira, at the Alliance Banquet Hall, said his team "went all out."
"We ran a positive, upbeat campaign that focused on the issue that were important," he said. "Especially in this riding, we do have to make life more affordable for people."
It was the third time Albanese and Ferreira went head to head with the two previous election races decided by fewer than 500 votes.
Ferreira won the first time in the February 2007 byelection held after former Liberal MPP Joe Cordiano resigned in 2006. He edged out Albanese by 358 votes.
Albanese took back the seat later that year in the general election by a slim 469-vote margin.
Cordiano had easily secured election in the riding in the 1999 and 2003 elections.
Also running this year were Progressive Conservative Party candidate Lan Daniel, Green Party candidate Keith Jarrett, Eric Compton of the Freedom Party and Independent candidate Mark Michael Radejewsky.