"It's official, it's official, it's official…we won" - Nicky Wagner shouted with delight to a small gathering of supporters at her home this afternoon as she read a text confirming she had won the seat for Christchurch Central.
Wagner beat Labour's Brendon Burns by 45 votes.
The crowd sung "For She's a Jolly Good Fellow" and raised champagne glasses to toast Wagner who could not stop smiling.
"This is awesome. The most amazing thing are the people here with me today who have been involved for nine years. It's very exciting. It's like a repeat of election night. I have never imagined it - I didn't dare."
The Electoral Commission had to count around 240,000 special votes.
The nervous wait for the special-vote count to come in this afternoon decided an historic election tie. The result brought an end Labour's 60-year hold on Christchurch Central, which ended in a dead heat on election night with Labour's Brendon Burns and National rival Nikki Wagner tied on 10,493 votes each.
Special votes were initially thought to favour Labour's Brendon Burns over National Party challenger Nicky Wagner in Christchurch Central, but there was uncertainty over the outcome of a recount of regular votes.
Mr Burns’ loss sees him out of Parliament.
A judicial recount was likely if the margin was fewer than 20 votes.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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