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Labour's Jacinda Ardern wins Mt Albert by-election

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 25/02/2017

Julie Anne Genter, Jacinda Ardern and Geoff Simmons © RNZ Julie Anne Genter, Jacinda Ardern and Geoff Simmons Labour's Jacinda Ardern has a lead of over 6000 votes in the Mt Albert by-election.

Ms Ardern got exactly 10,000 votes, 8511 ahead of her nearest rival, the Green Party's Julie Anne Genter.

Ms Genter conceded defeat in a post on social media and congratulated Ms Ardern on her win.

Jacinda Ardern speaking after she won the Mt Albert by-election with Labour Party leader Andrew Little © RNZ / Sarah Robson Jacinda Ardern speaking after she won the Mt Albert by-election with Labour Party leader Andrew Little Well back in third place is the candidate for Gareth Morgan's Opportunities Party, Geoff Simmons, with 600 votes.

National didn't stand a candidate in the by-election.

The by-election in the safe Labour seat was sparked by David Shearer's resignation from parliament in December.

Ms Ardern's win means Raymond Huo will come in to Parliament as a list MP.


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