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Newfoundland and Labrador elect Liberal government

FILE: Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, arrives to appear as a witness at a Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources in the Senate of Canada Building in Ottawa on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Voters in Newfoundland and Labrador have elected a Liberal government.

With most of the polls reporting, the Liberals were elected or leading in 21 ridings, the Tories were at 14, there were three New Democrats and two Independents.

A total of 21 seats are needed for a majority.

Led by Premier Dwight Ball, the Liberals have secured their second term in office.

Ball, a 62-year-old former pharmacist, easily won his seat in western Newfoundland.

The Liberals have history on their side.

Since the easternmost province joined Confederation in 1949, no governing party has won less than three elections in a row.

When the election was called, the Liberals held 27 seats in the 40-seat legislature, the Tories had eight, the New Democratic Party held two and there were three Independents.