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By NICK FEARNS
Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie have all gone orange.
New Democrat Wayne Gates will be the new member of provincial parliament for the riding after capturing over 14,000 votes to put him past Progressive Conservative Bart Maves, who received over 13,500 votes.
Liberal candidate Joyce Morocco placed a distant third, garnering just over 7,000 votes.
The byelection was called to replace Liberal Kim Craitor who resigned last year.
A coincidental byelection in Thornhill saw Progressive Conservative candidate surge past Liberal candidate Sandra Yeung Racco.
This leaves the Liberal party with 49 seats out of 107, the Progressive Conservatives with 37 and the NDP with 21.
With the possibility of a spring election, Gates may find himself defending his seat sooner rather then later.