Keep an eye on these 10 Sask. battleground constituencies
Published Saturday, October 3, 2020 4:52PM CST Last Updated Tuesday, October 6, 2020 1:45PM CST
Several Saskatchewan constituencies were decided by less than 10 per cent of the vote in the last provincial election.
REGINA -- With the provincial election fast approaching, many political parties will be directing their attention to the tight races in Saskatchewan’s battleground constituencies.
The following 10 constituencies were decided by less than 10 per cent of the vote in 2016.
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Regina Coronation Park
Margin of victory: 2.34 per cent
Mark Docherty claimed the Regina Coronation Park seat for the Saskatchewan Party in 2016. This constituency saw the thinnest margin of victory in the province.
The Saskatchewan Party beat out the NDP by 147 votes in 2016, claiming the seat with 3,008 votes to the NDP’s 2,861.
Mark Docherty will defend the seat against the NDP and Noor Burki.
Margin of victory: 3.36 per cent
Muhammed Fiaz won the Regina Pasqua constituency for the Saskatchewan Party in 2016.
The margin of victory for the Saskatchewan Party was 298 votes, beating the NDP with 3,929 votes to 3,631.
The NDP and candidate Bhajan Brar will look to close the gap on Fiaz in Regina Pasqua in the 2020 election.
Margin of victory: 5.97 per cent
Tina Beaudry-Mellor won the Regina-University constituency for the Saskatchewan Party in 2016. The Saskatchewan Party won this constituency receiving 3,418 votes to the NDP’s 3,001.
Beaudry-Mellor will defend her seat in the upcoming election against Aleana Young running for the NDP.
Regina Walsh Acres
Margin of victory: 8.6 per cent
Warren Steinley took the seat for the Saskatchewan Party in the previous election.
The Saskatchewan Party won this constituency by just under 600 votes, receiving 3,575 votes to the NDP’s 2,976.
Steinley resigned as MLA for Regina Walsh Acres to seek a federal seat in 2019.
Derek Meyers will look to defend the seat for the Saskatchewan Party in 2020, facing off against Kelly Hardy and the NDP.
Margin of victory: 7.54 per cent
Roger Parent claimed Saskatoon Meewasin for the Saskatchewan Party in 2016.
The Saskatchewan Party won the seat with just over 50 per cent of the vote, surpassing the NDP by 523 votes.
Rylund Hunter won the nomination to become the Saskatchewan Party candidate for Saskatoon Meewasin in May 2019. He will face off against NDP Leader Ryan Meili.
Margin of victory: 4.64 per cent
Saskatoon Riversdale was won by Danielle Chartier and the NDP in 2016.
The NDP won this seat in the legislature with 2,691 votes, or 48.2 per cent of the vote. The Saskatchewan Party fell short by 259 votes.
Chartier is not running in the 2020 election. The NDP’s newly nominated Ashlee Hicks will look to defend the Saskatoon seat against the Saskatchewan Party’s Marv Friesen.
Margin of victory: 5.43 per cent
The Saskatchewan Party’s Eric Olauson won Saskatoon University in 2016 with 48 per cent of the vote.
The NDP claimed 42.6 per cent of the vote, falling 348 votes shy of the seat.
In 2020, Jennifer Bowes and the NDP will look to contest the seat against Olauson and the Saskatchewan Party.
Margin of victory: 2.74 per cent
Saskatoon Westview voted in David Buckingham and the Saskatchewan Party in 2016.
The Saskatchewan Party’s 3,892 votes, or 49.1 per cent of the vote, claimed the seat, edging out the NDP by 217 votes.
The incumbent Buckingham will defend his seat against the NDP’s Malik Draz.
Prince Albert Northcote
Margin of victory: 4.66 per cent
Nicole Rancourt of the NDP won the Prince Albert Northcote seat in 2016.
The NDP received 49.1 per cent of the vote, obtaining 2,752 votes. A total of 2,491 votes were cast for the Saskatchewan Party, making for a difference of 261 votes.
Rancourt will defend her seat in 2020 against Alana Ross of the Saskatchewan Party. Ross won the nomination in June 2020.