The ballots sent by mail have been counted. Liberal incumbent MP Irek Kusmierczyk was the winner at Windsor-Tecumseh, finishing with 675 more votes than NDP candidate Cheryl Hardcastle.
Windsor-Tecumseh remains liberal red.
On Wednesday night, Elections Canada reported the preliminary results of its verification and counting of ballots by mail, with current Congressman Irek Kusmierczyk emerging as the winner from his federal constituency.
The final tally gave Kusmierczyk 18,134 votes (31.8 percent of total race votes) compared to 17,459 votes for NDP candidate Cheryl Hardcastle (30.6 percent).
The 675-vote margin that re-elects Kusmierczyk is almost as close as the end of his showdown with Hardcastle two years ago, when he removed the MP’s seat by a 629-vote margin.
Driving was NDP Orange under Joe Comartin and Hardcastle from 2000 to 2019.
A former city councilor, Kusmierczyk first ran for federal liberals in Windsor-Tecumseh in 2011, when he finished third with just 5,764 votes.
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Having reported all 244 polls from the riding, voter turnout in Windsor-Tecumseh for Monday’s election is 60.33 percent – 56,969 of 94,424 eligible voters.
According to the rules of Elections Canada, a judicial recount is only activated if the difference that determines the winner is less than one thousandth of the total votes of the leadership. In the case of Windsor-Tecumseh, the trigger margin would be less than 56 votes.
However, any voter, including a candidate, may request that a judge conduct a judicial recount, provided that the request includes an affidavit indicating the error that requires a recount.
The request must be made within four days after the winner is declared.