Leadership questions likely as Tories lose Manitoba election

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WINNIPEG - An urban-rural split has denied the Progressive Conservatives a victory in the Manitoba provincial election.

The Tories are dominating the seats and popular vote outside Winnipeg, but have failed to capitalize in seat-rich Winnipeg, where the NDP has cemented its fourth-straight majority.

The party ran on a centrist platform that promised better health care, a crackdown on crime and balanced budgets by 2018.

But leader Hugh McFadyen faced attack ads on his plans long before the writ was dropped.

He now faces an automatic leadership review.

McFadyen has refused to say whether he will stay on for another four years in opposition if he lost the election.

Geographic location: Manitoba

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