Progressive Labour Party incumbent Randolph Horton scored a comfortable win in Southampton West last night to return to the House of Assembly for the fourth successive term.
Mr. Horton topped the poll with 534 votes, followed by One Bermuda Party candidate Rodney Smith, who earned 330 votes.
Mr. Horton said: “I feel very pleased with the victory that I got, but I think there has been a clear message sent by the people to the Progressive Labour Party that we haven’t been doing what we should be doing, and that we need to step up our game.
“I won by just over 200 votes this time, and it was mainly the turnout that I think impacted me winning by less than I won last time; but it’s a clear message, a clear message that the people of Bermuda have not been satisfied with the Progressive Labour Party’s dealing in the last term.
“We must do better if we’ve won, and I’ve just understood that the Premiere has lost; that is another clear indication that people are fed up. And I think we have to step up if we’re so lucky as to win; I don’t know what has happened but if we’re lucky enough to win, we better step up our game. It’s a clear message by the people of Bermuda.”
One Bermuda Party Candidate Mr. Smith said: “I want to congratulate Mr. Horton for being such a good sport, and it just goes to show that this area respects him and his family and we within the OBA have to do a bit more work in order to win this seat. And I am prepared to do the work and put the time in, in order to win the support of the constituents in number 32.”
There were seven spoiled ballots.
Randolph Horton: 534 (61.81%)
Rodney Smith: 330 (38.19%)