After representing the riding for 49 years, Liberals thought they had Davenport locked down. Instead, NDP candidate Andrew Cash swept the polls Monday, knocking out incumbent candidate Mario Silva.
This was Mr. Silva's fourth Federal election. He campaigned with ease, fluent in the four dominant languages of his riding: Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and English. Still, Mr. Davenport lost badly to Mr. Cash..
Of the previously-Liberal ridings that fell across Toronto, Davenport was one of the more surprising ones, owing to its long Liberal history. In 2008, the NDP candidate Peter Ferreira lost to Mr. Silva by about 5,000 votes.
Despite this, newcomer NDP candidate Andrew Cash has had his eye on the riding since receiving the nomination in 2009. He enjoyed the surging popularity of the NDP party nationally, and reached voters through high-speed campaigning. His last day was spent in front of a grocery store in the pouring rain, where he furiously flagged down potential voters.
Rachel Cameron, 27, has lived in Davenport all her life. "It's been a Liberal riding for years and we saw the NDP had a chance," she said. Ms. Cameron added that Mr. Layton's popularity gave her and her friends an "extra push" to vote NDP.
Supporters gathered at The Garrison the night of Mr. Cash's election cheered every time another NDP candidate won, and booed at the image of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Supporters said that, though the NDP's overall popularity certainly helped, it was Mr. Cash's policy positions and dogged campaigning that put him over the top in the end.