Kitchener South—Hespeler race appears to be over as Liberal declares victory

One of the two outstanding races in Kitchener’s Ridingen for the federal election in 2021 seems to be over.

A winner was not officially declared, but on Twitter, Liberal candidate Valerie Bradford declared victory for Kitchener South-Hespeler, while Conservative candidate Tyler Calver also admitted defeat on Facebook.

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The two were locked neck to neck early Tuesday when 668 votes separated the couple and the postal votes still had to be counted. These numbers have not yet been officially released.

“It’s official! I’m proud to be the Liberal MP for our wonderful ride from Kitchener South – Hespeler,” wrote Bradford on Twitter.

“To the volunteers, to friends and family and to the voters who live and learn here – thank you!”

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Calver, who is a journalist for CTV, also noted the votes were cast and said he fell short.

“I recently took the time to congratulate Valerie Bradford and her wonderful team on their successful win,” he said in a video posted on Facebook.

“I think she’ll be an excellent representative to us here in Kitchener, South Hespeler.”

He went on to say that he hopes leaders will work to close the gap between Canadians.

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“We have more in common than what separates us,” said Calver.

“And I hope our future leaders will adopt this mindset and bring hope to the people of Kitchener South – Hespeler.”

This isn’t the only race in Kitchener that got to the point as there is a close fight going on in Kitchener too – Conestoga.

As of Tuesday morning, incumbent Liberal MP Tim Louis had just 174 votes ahead of rival Carlene Hawley.

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