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Two of five local ridings still not decided

Liberal candidates have slim leads in Kitchener-Conestoga and Kitchener South-Hespeler
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The race in Kitchener-Conestoga has still not been decided

Two local federal election races are still too close to call.

In Kitchener-Conestoga, Liberal incumbent Tim Louis has a narrow lead on Conservative candidate Carlene Hawley.

The Canadian Press had initially declared Hawley the winner, but later retracted that prediction early Tuesday morning.

With 196 of the 197 polls reporting, Louis has 38.8 per cent of the votes, while Hawley has 38.5 per cent.

The riding was also close in the 2019 election.

Kitchener South-Hespeler is also a close race between Liberal Valerie Bradford and Tyler Calver of the Conservatives.

Bradford has 37.1 per cent of the votes, while Calver has 35.7 per cent. 195 of 196 polls have reported.

Meantime, it was a historic night for the Green Party in Kitchener Centre, as Mike Morrice became the first elected official to represent the party in Waterloo Region.

With still two polls to report, Morrice has 34.5 per cent of the vote. Mary Henein Thorn of the Conservatives is second with 24.8 per cent.

The Liberal party held onto to the ridings of Waterloo and Cambridge. It means Bardish Chagger and Bryan May will be heading back to Ottawa for a third term.

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