Four of five Thompson-Okanagan ridings elect Conservatives

Blue wave across Valley

UPDATE: 9:55 p.m.

A blue wave rolled across almost all the Thompson-Okanagan Monday night.

Four of five ridings in the region elected Conservative MPs, the lone exception being South Okanagan-West Kootenay, where incumbent Richard Cannings retained his seat for the NDP.

Elsewhere across the valley, it was a Tory sweep.

Tracy Gray won back Kelowna-Lake Country for the Conservatives from Liberal incumbent Stephen Fuhr.

Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola returned the Tories' Dan Albas for another term.

In North Okanagan-Shuswap, the Tories' Mel Arnold was returned for a second term, while in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, Cathy Mcleod was victorious under the Conservative banner.

ORIGINAL: 8:20 p.m.

Conservative candidates are leading in four of the five Thompson-Okanagan ridings as early results come in.

In Kelowna-Lake Country, Conservative Tracy Gray is leading over incumbent Stephen Fuhr.

Across the lake in Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, Tory incumbent Dan Albas is handily leading all challengers.

In the North Okanagan, incumbent Mel Arnold also leads for the Conservatives. Liberal candidate Cindy Derkaz is the closest challenger in the early going.

The Tories' Cathy McLeod is leading over Liberal and former B.C. cabinet minister Terry Lake in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo.

The only riding in the region not leaning blue so far is South Okanagan-West Kootenay, where incumbent Richard Cannings leads in a tight race with Conservative challenger Helena Konanz.

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