‘Proud’ Arlene Foster tops Fermanagh-South Tyrone poll

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DUP Leader and First Minister, Arlene Foster, said she was “very proud” to top the poll at the first count in the Fermanagh-South Tyrone Assembly Election.

Foster polled 8,801 votes, well over the quota of 6,740 to emerge as the first holder of one of six seats at Omagh Leisure Centre.

Arlene Foster, DUP Leader, with her running mate Maurice Morrow at Omagh Leisure Centre. Ms Foste topped the poll at the Fermanagh-South Tyrone count

Arlene Foster, DUP Leader, with her running mate Maurice Morrow at Omagh Leisure Centre. Ms Foste topped the poll at the Fermanagh-South Tyrone count

In second place on the first count, Sinn Fein’s Michelle Gildernew took 6,614 votes, while one of her three running mates, Sean Lynch, took 4,782.

The SDLP’s Richie McPhillips, meanwhile, polled 4,014 votes, and the DUP’s sitting MLA, Maurice Morrow, polled 6,602.

A delighted Arlene Foster told assembled media she was confident her transfers would “put Maurice back in his place” and over the line to keep his seat.

Ulster Unionist candidates Alastair Patterson and Rosemary Barton took 3,010 and 3,018 votes respectively, John Feely (SF) took 4,002, Phil Flanagan (SF) 3,449, Donald Crawford (TUV) 1,164, Kerri Blyberg (Alliance) 539, Tamya Jones (Green Party) 897 and Damien Harris (NI Labour Representation Committee) 285.