While much of the Fraser Valley, particularly the eastern regions such as Abbotsford, are considered safe territory for the BC Liberals, there are a few close races taking place north of the Fraser River.
NDP pulls of pair of upsets
D’Eith, an entertainment lawyer, is the first NDP MLA to hold the riding in any of its forms since 2001, though the party came within 64 votes in 2009.
The riding is a mixture of urban and rural, and is generally a close race between the two parties.
However, the 2013 election showed signs it was trending Liberal, when Dalton grew his party’s vote by about 1,500.
Former School Board trustee and union activist Lisa Beare has defeated Liberal incumbent Doug Bing in the semi-urban riding.
It’s a significant win for the party, whose only path to victory includes making big gains at the Liberals’ expense in Metro Vancouver.
While the Liberals won here in 2013, the riding has gone orange in four of the last five elections.
However in 2013 the Liberals performed well here, growing their vote by 1,300 while the NDP only jumped by 400.