© John DeCoste - kingscountynews.ca
The margin between Progressive Conservative John Lohr and NDP Jim Morton narrowed in Kings North following a judicial recount on Oct. 21, but it wasn't enough to upset the results of the Oct. 8 provincial election.
Justice Michael Wood of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia carried out the recount in Kentville, where Lohr was declared elected.
The final result was 2,903 votes for Lohr - one less than the election night results of 2,904 - while Morton gained 10 votes in the recount for a total of 2,872. Lohr won the seat by just 21 votes.
Liberal Stephen Pearl gained three votes in the recount for a total of 2,787, while Green Mary Lou Harley remained at 362.
“I’m very delighted to have won the recount,” Lohr said.
Lohr said he remained confident that the Oct. 8 decision would hold up.
“So many people were telling me I had an insurmountable lead and to just put it out of my mind,” he said, adding that he spent Oct. 21 working on constituency business as the judicial recount was being carried out.
“We had a lot of volunteers and good people who worked in all 48 polls. I was confident in the process.”
Lohr’s next step is to focus on setting up his constituency office, which will be in a familiar spot for Kings North residents – Morton’s former spot.
“I’m not one bit superstitious,” Lohr said, adding that former PC MLA Mark Parent had also been set up in that spot prior to his 2009 loss to Morton.
“After eight years of having it there, it’s easier for the constituents to find me and it’s in a good spot.”