It was a squeaker, but Québec Solidaire added a third member to its contingent in the new National Assembly.
The left-wing, pro-independence party added a seat in downtown Montreal by the thinnest of margins.
Longtime community activist Manon Massé, who was attempting for the fifth time to win a seat in the legislature, finally did Monday night, beating her closest rival by a mere 91 votes.
Surprisingly, the second place finisher was Liberal Anna Klisko. PQ incumbent Daniel Breton finished well behind in third place.
The party easily re-elected its other two MNAs — co-leader Françoise David in Gouin, and former co-spokesperson Amir Khadir, who stepped down from that position shortly after the 2012 election.
But the party only garnered eight per cent of the popular vote — up two percentage points from 2012, and the other co-spokesperson, Andrés Fontecilla, finished a distant second in Laurier-Dorion behind incumbent Liberal Gerry Sklavounos.
Co-leader Francoise David said the victory was bittersweet, but she did point out the party did make some inroads in other ridings, very nearly picking off the longtime PQ bastion of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
Their candidate in the east-end riding, Alexandre Leduc, fell to incumbent Péquiste Carole Poirier by just over four percentage points.