So I briefly considered liveblogging the Nunavut election ... but things just happened way too quickly for that to have been a realistic idea.
Within an hour or so of the polls closing we had our Rankin Inlet votes tallied...
And the winner is.... (in case you weren't paying attention)
The Rankin Inlet South / Whale Cove riding was seen as one of the more interesting of the bunch. Here we had Lorne Kusugak, the mayor, take on Levinia Brown, cabinet minister for Community and Government Services.
This is election two of three for us here. The third, and final election will take place this December... that gives us a month to let the dust settle before things start up again. I don't know if I can take it.
Okay, I'm being a little over-dramatic. To be honest, the territorial election wasn't as crazy as I initially thought. Sure there's been a lot of new faces around the office... and I started my shift at 7pm tonite (it's now 1:28 as I type this, and I've not taken a 'meal break' so while I'm officially done at 2:45 I'm going to call it quits and go home, because the rest of my coworkers have, and there's nothing left to do here anyways).
While there wasn't complete mayhem, as I expected, there were a few note-worthy elements:
- I actually had the "thud-thud" heart beating in the throat when the numbers were being counted for the Rankin South/WC riding and the Baker Lake one too. I think I was feeding off of everyone else's anticipation, rather than my own.
- I am glad, from a reporter POV, to have been working tonite. I made calls to all the perspective MLAs, and while I'm sure I've been long forgotten at this point, maybe my naggy little voice made an impression on them, and here's hoping I'm remembered come tomorrow (or next week, or next month)
- Finally, on the more gossip-y side of things... the incumbent was supposed to have set up shop locally, here, at the Sugar Rush. But according to people who staked out the 'rush all night.... she never showed, or called. Hmm. I'll let you all speculate.