Redford has defeated Gary Mar to become the new PC Leader, and default, Alberta Premier. I knew there was some backlash after all 3 lower-placing candidates all endorsed Mar, despite having radically differing views, but this is a shocker for me! Redford won on the final ballot 37,104 to 35,491 for Mar. Media reports that she ran a, quote "Progressive" campaign. The first ballot had Redford just shy of 29 thousand votes, and Mar at 33. Doug Horner had 16 thousand, and it was his second-preference ballots that made Redford the winner, breaking 2-to-1 for Redford.
Compared to the previous round, Mar managed to gain 9 thousand ballots, and 2 percentage points in the first ballot (the one today/yesterday) whereas Redford managed to nearly triple her totals, helped in part by the fact that 22 thousand more people voted in this ballot than did in the previous one.
This could mean trouble for the Alberta Liberals, as Redford is closer to Sherman on the issues than Mar is, and could be good news for Wildrose. It also means that Alberta now has it's first female Premier, and that Canada now has 3 female premiers (BC, Alberta, Newfoundland) with the possibility for more depending on election results in Ontario, and PEI.