On Monday, 43.59 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot across the territory. Take a look back at the profiles and priorities of those who have just been elected by clicking on the winner's name. To get a sense of how the winners stand on some of the key issues, click here
Deh Cho - Michael Nadli
Frame Lake - Kevin O'Reilly
Great Slave - Glen Abernethy
Hay River North - Rocky (R.J.) Simpson
Hay River South - Wally Schumann
Inuvik Boot Lake - Alfred Moses
Inuvik Twin Lakes - Robert C. McLeod
Kam Lake - Kieron Testart
Mackenzie Delta - Frederick Blake Jr. (no information provided before election)
Monfwi - Jackson Lafferty (acclaimed)
Nahendeh - Shane Thompson
Nunakput - Herbert Nakimayak
Range Lake - Caroline Cochrane-Johnson
Sahtu - Daniel McNeely (no information provided before election)
Thebacha - Louis Sebert
Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh - Tom Beaulieu
Yellowknife Centre - Julie Green
Yellowknife North - Cory Vanthuyne
Yellowknife South - Bob McLeod
Kevin O'Reilly in and after a long campaign he's tired but elated.
"It was a real rollercoaster of emotions," he says of the campaign. He says it was a lot of hard.
"It was more than a full time job," he said, adding all the effort paid off.
He thanked his wife and family, and also thanked the other candidates in Frame Lake. "They helped raise the bar for everything in the riding and Yellowknife," he says.
Having dozens of family and friends over for food and fun is nothing new for the McLeod's, even on election nights.
Robert C. McLeod was elected to a fourth term in office earlier this evening, beating out challenger Jimmy Kalinek in the Twin Lakes electoral district. Splitting his time between media demands downstairs and his family upstairs, he continued a running commentary on the results of the territorial election.
"It's exciting to have everyone here for this," said Sharla Greenland, though she noted that while there was a lot of energy in the air, no one had been unduly stressed.
"My dad never took anything for granted," said Kim Wainman. "He really worked hard for it, really put in the effort."
While some crowded around the television, others crowded into a room with a computer, hitting refresh on the results page again and again. Still others were glued to their phones, watching for the latest changes and reporting them to the room. As some of McLeod's colleagues from the 17th Assembly fell to newcomers, including Jane Groenewegen in Hay River South and David Ramsay in Kam Lake, the Twin Lakes incumbent pulled further ahead. A great cheer rose up when the victor was announced, filling the house.
"There was some nervous anticipation," he said. "But we felt pretty comfortable... I'm feeling pretty good; ready to get to work in the 18th Assembly."
In the wake of Thompson's win in Nahendeh, Deneze Nakehk'o dropped by the celebration to add his congratulations and well-wishes to the mix.
Thompson said when votes first started coming in, things didn't look too good for him and he was behind in Trout Lake. However, after polls began to announce official results, he knew his team was having success.
Thompson describes Fort Liard as the "wild card, because Randy Sibbeston and Deneze Nakehk'o did such a good job there."
"We need everyone to work together for our region," Thompson said. That includes all the candidates and their campaign staff, he said.
Although her bid for a seat in the legislative assembly was ultimately unsuccessful, Jan Fullerton says she's happy to see so many new faces heading into office.
"I certainly appreciate everyone who ran in Frame Lake," she says, describing the race as "very civil". She says it was that civility that helped make running for office a positive experience for first-time candidates like her.
She hopes the new people in territorial government will result in a new dynamic at the legislature, which she says has become very negative and combative in recent years.
And although she may not be the new MLA for Frame Lake, that doesn't mean she won't take another run at territorial politics. Though she has to see how new government fares, she says she's confident she would run again.
"I think I'll be back in four years," she says.
While it wasn't a win for Inuvik Twin Lakes candidate Jimmy Kalinek this time, he wasn't too discouraged.
"I hope people take something home from this," he said, shortly after the announcement that incumbent Robert C. McLeod had taken the district. "60 per cent didn't vote."
Surrounded by his family at Martha Blake's house, Kalinek watched the results roll out earlier this evening. At 9:20, with six out of eight polls reporting, the tally was 261 for McLeod and 173 for Kalinek. Children, parents and elders alike scanned the screen for updates and stayed hopeful right until the end. Kalinek said he hopes his campaign showed young people they could step forward and make a difference.
"It's hard to get people out to vote," he said. "There are over 1,000 people who can vote in Twin lakes and they're lucky to get 400 out. We've been trying to get people out who don't normally vote, but you can only preach so much; then they have to get out and do it."
Kalinek also said he agreed with what people had been saying about him and how he was characterized in the media as the young upstart.
"They said I was this unknown young guy who stepped up and make [McLeod] work for it," he said. "It's important to give people a choice. Win or lose, if they want to keep him, at least they voted him in and he wasn't acclaimed."
Supporters of Caroline Cochrane-Johnson exploded with enthusiasm as the last of 10 polls reported a 10-vote victory for the Range Lake challenger. Cochrane-Johnson says it was a stressful night but she is thrilled with her apparent win. A group of 30 supporters were gathered with her at her Stanton Plaza headquarters tonight. If the numbers hold it will mean only a single term for incumbent Daryl Dolynny.
Roy Erasmus says he's glad to have run again because even if he didn't win, it was an opportunity to bring forward some issues he thinks need to be on the table - particularly what he describes as the "the mines not living up to their full potentials."
Erasmus says the campaign was a positive one for him.
"We had fun," he says.
When asked what he thinks went wrong, Erasmus said "We didn't get the voters out."
Glen Abernethy, an incumbent who has declared victory over Chris Clarke in the Great Slave electoral district, has stopped by the Great Hall of the legislative assembly.
Abernethy walked into the building at 10:40 p.m. followed by Bob Bromley, who decided not to run again in this election.
Abernethy captured 511 votes to Clarke's 135 with 10 of 11 polls reporting on the Elections NWT website.
The Great Hall is hosting a public viewing of the election results. While earlier in the evening there were only nine members of the public, there are now more than a dozen.
Daniel McNeely has won the Sahtu electoral district, according to the Elections NWT website.
McNeely declined comment moments after the final of 18 polls was posted to the website, saying he hasn't heard the final result yet.
“We’re sitting on pins and needles just waiting for that to come,” McNeely said.
McNeely appears to have defeated Yvonne Doolittle, who recieved 227 votes, Judy Tutcho with 166 votes and Paul Andrew with 122 votes.
The electoral district was one of three that had no incumbent because three-term Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya announed he would not be running for health reasons.
Yellowknife North candidate Cory Vanthuyne declared victory at 10 p.m. from the Woodyard Bew Pub in Yellowknife's Old Town while gathered with 12 supporters. They include Nancy MacNeill and city councillor Adrian Bell. Vanthuyne thanked his supporters while celebrating a long-held goal for over the past decade.
About 20 disappointed supporters gathered with challenger Dan Wong at his office, among them his father Andy Wong and girlfriend Blair who were consoling him. Wong left his headquarters at 9:30 p.m.
Other Yk North candidates Ben Nind, Edwin Castillo and Sean Erasmus were all holding small get togethers as the results came in.
Veteran Fort Smith lawyer Louis Sebert has defeated incumbent Michael Miltenberger in the Thebacha riding. With 14 of 14 polls reporting Sebert had 401 votes, Miltenberger had 363 and newspaper publisher Don Jacque had 173. Miltenberger, a former cabinet minister, was going for an unprecendented sixth term.
Abernathy thanks supporters especially his parents.
"I think the people have spoken," he says.
He says his mother came in to the office every day to help with the campaign.
He says that the issues he heard about most from constituents during the campaign were mental health, cost of living and cost of power. He confirms that he will be putting his name forward for cabinet.
" I'm excited," he says to the group. "I'm around. I'm available. You know where to find me."