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Results not official, but Liberal declares victory in Kitchener South-Hespeler

Kitchener South-Hespeler Liberal candidate Valerie Bradford is declaring victory, while Conservative candidate Tyler Calver posted a video to confirm his defeat in the election
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The Conservative candidate in Kitchener South-Hespeler said he's been informed that he has fallen short in the election race.

Tyler Calver made the announcement in a video on his social media account at midnight.

"After an exhaustive count of all the ballots, the results are now in," he said, "And unfortunately our side fell just a little short in this election campaign."

He says he contacted Liberal Valerie Bradford and congratulated her on the victory, adding she will be an excellent representative for constituents in the riding.

Just before that, Bradford took to social media to say she will officially be the MP for the riding.

"Proud to be the Liberal MP for our wonderful riding of Kitchener South-Hespeler," she said, "To the hardworking volunteers, to friends and family, and to the voters to make our community such a special place to be - thank you!"

"I can't wait to move Kitchener South-Hespeler forward with you."

The last update has Bradford leading Calver by 668 votes with one poll yet to be reported.

In Kitchener-Conestoga, official results have not been posted, but Liberal Tim Louis maintains a lead over Conservative Carlene Hawley.

Hawley has released a statement, believing she will not make up enough ground to overtake Louis, thanked her supporters and says she looks forward to regaining time with her family.

Elections Canada has yet to post the results of the last polls on their website.

They said mail-in ballots were being verified Tuesday, and the counts should be done by the end of the day Wednesday, or Thursday morning at the latest.

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