Although the very first poll had the three major parties within one point of each other, incumbent Keith Irving quickly took the lead, which he would go on to hold for the remainder of the night. Irving was declared elected shortly after 9:30 p.m.
Here are the early results, with 41 out of 52 poll reporting.
Peter Harrison, PC – 1,429
Joel Hirtle, Atlantica – 73
Keith Irving, Liberal – 2,151
Sheila Richardson, Green – 191
Stephen Schneider, NDP - 990
Irving took the riding from the NDP’s Ramona Jennex by several hundred votes in 2013. She had defeated three-time Progressive Conservative MLA David Morse in 2009 by 1,200 votes.
The Liberals held the seat for much of the mid-1990s. Morse defeated Liberal cabinet minister Robbie Harrison in the 1999 election. Harrison was first elected in 1993.
Over the last 20 years the riding has been decided by 650 votes or fewer on election night.
Did you know?
Kings South includes the southern part of Kings County and two First Nation reserves. It also contains the town of Wolfville, home to Acadia University, the village of New Minas and Coldbrook.