Tories hold onto three ridings in N.S. byelections

PC Party of Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservatives have held onto three ridings following Tuesday's byelections.

The byelections were held in the Cape Breton ridings of Northside-Westmount and Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg, and in the southwestern mainland riding of Argyle-Barrington.

In Argyle-Barrington, Tory Colton LeBlanc easily won the riding, while Brian Comer won by a large margin in Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg.

In Northside-Westmount, it was a tight four-way race, with PC candidate Murray Ryan eventually coming out on top. 

The outcome of the byelections means the Liberals hold 27 of the legislature's 51 seats, while the Tories have 17, the NDP five, and there are two Independent members.

Elections Nova Scotia says the official results of Tuesday's vote will be released Thursday.

The byelections became necessary after three Tory members of the legislature, Chris d'Entremont, Eddie Orrell and Alfie MacLeod, stepped down to run for the Conservatives in the upcoming federal election.

Elections NS says the official results from Tuesday's byelections will be released Thursday (CTV Atlantic/@ADebisonCTV)