By 9:15 p.m., the CTV News Decision Desk declared a majority for the PCs.
Ford, whose favourite campaign slogan was "Help in on the way", tells the cheering crowd "Help is here". "We united our party and united our province and this is your victory". "I'm hopeful that Mr. Ford understands that we need revenues in our province to pay for the kinds of things that people expect a government to provide".
Nevertheless, both comrades and opponents in government have taken to social media to thank her for her years of service as the Ontario Premier and for all she's done for the province.
He also vowed that as premier, he will work even for those who didn't vote for him.
"My friends, together in 88 short days we achieved the impossible", Ford said.
"We worked right up to the last minute and we just appreciate everybody's support".
"I don't really see why the NDP would want to give anything to the Liberals now.memories are long in politics", Malloy said.
Ford's mother, Diane Ford, described the win as "bittersweet".
"I don't know if (PM Justin) Trudeau and Notley are going to be able to maintain that link, or if Jason Kenney is going to be successful in decoupling the federal government's approval and the buyout of the pipeline", Williams said. Christine Elliott, a relative moderate and former deputy leader who narrowly lost the party's leadership to Ford earlier this year, won her seat in the Toronto suburbs.
"If Doug Ford does a good job and people like what he's doing, that momentum is something that Kenney can piggyback on", Williams said.
Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberal Party won 11 seats and received 19 per cent of the vote.
Ontario, which economic statistics would indicate has recently wrested back its status as Canada's economic engine from the oil producing provinces, has a population of about 15 million.
Less than a week ago, Wynne conceded that she knew her party could not win the election.
Wynne admitted last weekend that her party would lose the election, but urged voters to elect enough Liberals to prevent the other parties from winning a majority government.
Maybe our Prime Minister is just extremely busy, maybe he is trying to stay impartial or maybe behind closed doors, there's drama brewing on the massive loss the Liberals were handed in Ontario under Kathleen Wynne's leadership.
Ford positioned himself during the campaign as a defender of "the little guy", promising to lower taxes, cut hydro rates and eliminate the province's cap-and-trade-system.
"I've spoken to him and I wish him well", Wynne said. "Whatever it is that people have seen in him that make him seem like he's on their side, I hope he really is".
Wynne also listed many of her government's achievements, including full day kindergarten, raising minimum wage, a better Canada Pension Plan, free prescriptions for youth, and more.
The Liberals came to power in 2003 under Dalton McGuinty, and when he stepped down in 2013, Wynne took the reins.
The day before polls opened, Elections Ontario advised voters in the riding of Ottawa-Vanier that inaccurate information about some voting locations appeared to be circulating. Ford won in his electoral district of Etobicoke North with 46 per cent of the vote.
Despite the fact that Toronto showed a sharp division between support for the PCs and the NDP, Mayor John Tory was quick to congratulate Ford and to point to points of commonality.
"If I were the Alberta NDP, I'd be taking a very serious look at what happened in Ontario's election.to wonder if they really want to be defending higher energy prices on Albertans in the next campaign".