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Top spot for Chief Minister

Top spot for Chief Minister

Thursday 16 October 2014

Top spot for Chief Minister

Thursday 16 October 2014


Senator-elect Ian Gorst is celebrating this morning after winning the senatorial contest in the 2014 general election. He polled 14,037 votes, just beating his fellow senior Minister, Senator-elect Sir Philip Bailhache, into second place with 13,770 votes.

However, it was a nail-biting night for Treasury Minister Senator-elect Philip Ozouf - he had to wait until past three 'o' clock in the morning to discover that he had clung onto his States seat by 262 votes. He was in eighth spot all evening, and just managed to keep his long-term political opponent former Senator Sarah Ferguson in ninth spot, meaning her States career is now over.

Also out of the States are Deputies Sean Power and John Young who both gambled on getting promotion to the Senatorial benches, but the voters didn't back them in sufficient numbers. 

Deputy Andrew Green took the same gamble, but he was successful, with the former Housing Minister polling 13,240 votes, securing him third spot.

In general, it was a night for the sitting senators, with Alan Maclean, Lyndon Farnham and Paul Routier all retaining their positions. 

And there was one newcomer, Dr Zoe Cameron received 10,412 votes, finishing 6th, and will now have the chance to challenge Senator-elect Green and Deputy-Elect Pryke for the Health Ministry. 

It was a disappointing night for Reform Jersey, with none of their new candidates getting elected, including Anne Southern who polled 4,276 votes in the Senatorial contest, finishing way down in 14th position. Citizens Advice Bureau head, Malcolm Ferey, also failed to inspire the electorate, despite being tipped as a potential new senator he actually only managed to collect 6,488 votes, which left him in 12th place. 

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