MONTREAL - Chants of "Pauline, Pauline" shook a Montreal rally of Parti Quebecois supporters who gathered to watch the Quebec election results roll in Tuesday night.
An explosion of joy and waving of Quebec's fleur-de-lys flag erupted when it was announced PQ Leader Pauline Marois had won her riding in the Quebec City area.
The cheers were almost as loud when results suggested Premier Jean Charest was trailing in his own riding of Sherbrooke.
Then the crowd of 2,000 broke into one of the favourite anthems at Canadiens hockey games — "Hey, hey goodbye."
The PQ supporters packed the Metropolis nightclub glued to TV coverage beamed onto several giant screens.
Every time the PQ advanced in a riding, the crowd roared.
Any possible Liberal gain was greeted with loud boos.
Opinion polls have put the PQ in the lead consistently through the campaign.