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Karetak-Lindell wins in a landslide

Independent Manitok Thompson garners second-most votes with 1,173

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Kathleen Lippa
Northern News Services

Iqaluit (June 29/04) - Liberal incumbent Nancy Karetak-Lindell swept to victory on Monday night, capturing 3,705 votes (51.2 per cent).

Independent Manitok Thompson came in second place with 1,173 votes (16.2 per cent).

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Nancy Karetak-Lindell: Earns more than half the votes in Nunavut.

The New Democratic Party led by Bill Riddell came in third with 1,108 votes (15.3 per cent).

The Conservatives trailed just slightly behind the NDP, earning 1,049 votes, or 14.5 per cent of the votes.

Notable strides were made by the Green Party this election. Green Party candidate Ned Kenney got 208 votes, capturing 2.9 per cent of the total vote.

In Nunavut, 7,243 registered voters cast ballots. There are 16,872 eligible voters in Nunavut, making voter turn out 42.9 per cent. However, this number does not include those who registered on election day.

Nunavut News/North was unable to contact winner Nancy Karetak-Lindell for comment.

Bill Riddell is undaunted by the loss, and is already planning his next campaign.

"I can't give up now," he said.

"I had a lot of support. People were so kind when I was campaigning. I didn't have one bad experience," the long-time Northerner said on Tuesday.

Nunavut has too many problems -- from a housing crisis to health care woes -- that Riddell feels compelled to run again and bring his voice of experience with people on the ground level to Ottawa.

"The problems identified during the course of the election have not been addressed," he said.