Defying the polls and naysayers, Alberta's long-ruling Progressive Conservatives have won another majority government.
Here is some of the reaction to the PC victory:
From the leaders:
Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith:
"Change might take a little longer than we thought. Am I surprised? Yes. Am I discouraged? not a chance."
Premier Alison Redford:
"Tonight Alberta chose to build bridges. Albertans want change. They want positive change that moves Alberta forward. Change is difficult and we don't always get it right. But I'll tell you [the PCs] has introduced change, has promised change, and will make change in this province."
National Post reporter Andrew Coyne:
"AB Tories at 44.1% in popular vote. 11 points better than predicted, but the worst for the party since 1967."
Wildrose supporter Deb Solberg:
"It was so hard to get anyone to talk about issues other than the social screwups."
From the Pundits:
Kelly McParland, National Post:
"In a result that pulled out all the cliches — nailbiter, roller-coaster, cliffhanger — the PCs went from sure victory six weeks ago to expectations of a shock defeat a few days ago, back to victory when the votes were cast. Everyone got it wrong ("We didn't get is as wrong," one pollster insisted defensively). Something in the last days of the election — a collapse of the Liberal vote, late gaffes by Wildrose, successful fear-mongering by everyone to the left of the Rosers (which would be almost everyone), convinced Albertans to go with the party they know."