Only days ago, B.C. Liberals were thought to be heading for a dismal outcome in the provincial election. They were stagnant in polls since late 2011, dogged by scandal and unable to gain traction with voters. Meanwhile, the NDP were leading in the polls — at times by almost 20 percentage points.
Why were pundits so willing to write an obituary for the B.C. Liberals? Perhaps it was historical precedent. B.C. voters have been ruthless when it comes to scandals in their government. It's a lesson the B.C. NDP knew all too well heading into the election: two consecutive NDP leaders resigned in the late 1990s, embroiled in scandals of their own. The party went from 51 seats in 1991 to just two by 2001.
This interactive tracks that change: from a narrow win in 1996 to near oblivion in 2001 and back again. Each circle represents one riding, with its position determined by the amount of support between either party. For example, if constituents voted exclusively for the Liberals, they would appear on the far right. Some ridings fade away and appear because ridings were redistributed as the population changed. Note: Riding-by-riding turnout results are not yet available for 2013.