UPDATE: With 211 of 216 polls reporting (97.69 per cent), Kitchen has 76.4 per cent of the vote. Neufeld is second with 9.2 per cent. Duerr is third at 7.8 per cent. Ames-Sinclair was fourth at 4.1 per cent. And Douglas was fifth at 2.5 per cent. This was as of 12:27 a.m. (Saskatchewan time), with 72.68 per cent of voters casting ballots.
Robert Kitchen will serve as the representative for Souris-Moose Mountain for a third term, and speaking at a viewing party at his campaign office in Estevan said he will keep pushing for the energy sector in the House of Commons.
The Conservative candidate was at 76.8 per cent of the vote with 115 of 216 polls reporting at 9:24 p.m.
"Ultimately it's the energy sector," said Kitchen to local media. "That needs to be a source. We campaigned on that, that it would be a source. It is a driving source. And we need to focus on that. We need to continue to focus on that aspect of the energy sector, and by that I'm talking oil and gas, I'm talking coal, I'm talking BD3 and CCS and that technology and that needs to be out there. I will continue to push hard on that part of it. It was part of our environmental platform, and it's one I will continue to push in this country."
Golden West Radio projected a Liberal minority government.
People's Party of Canada candidate Diane Neufeld was second in the Souris-Moose Mountain race with 9.3 per cent of the vote with 115 polls reporting. Hannah Ann Duerr of the NDP was in third with 7.7 per cent. Liberal Javin Ames-Sinclair was fourth with 3.6 per cent. And Maverick Greg Douglas was fifth at 2.5 per cent.
Kitchen delivers a victory speech at his campaign office on King St. in Estevan
Kitchen said a common refrain he heard while touring the region of 72,635 residents was that they were sick of the Trudeau government.
He added that he noticed a lot of places having a hard time finding employees
"As I drove around the riding, I had lots of Canadians saying to me, 'They can't get people to work.' It's in the oilfield, it's in potash, it's in farming, agriculture. They're all asking for people, and they can't get people to work. And that makes no sense, when we have such a high unemployment rate. We need to get people back working, because that private industry is what stimulates the economy. That's what gives tax dollars, which continue to help Canadians and provide for the services that we want to do in helping Canadians."