The SNP’s Jeane Freeman has been elected to represent the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency in the Scottish Parliament.
Mrs Freeman polled 14,698 votes against Labour’s Carol Mochan in second with 8,684 votes, with COnservative Lee Lyons in third with 7,666 and the Lib Dem candidate Dawud Islam with 640 votes.
The turnout was 54.3 per cent with a total of 31,680 votes cast.
In her victory speech Jeane Freeman said: “We will build on the excellent work of the previous MSP Adam Ingram, and it is my honour to follow him.
“If we are succesful here tonight and across Scotland we will have an SNP majority government for a second term, which is an unprecedented result.
“this is an endorsement of the record of our party in government and paves the way for our ambitious programme for the years ahead.
“We will address making more opportunities for our young people, transform the NHS and be a strong voice against the Tories in Westminster and their desire to squander billions on weapons of mass destruction.
“To the people of Carrick, whether you voted for me or not, I have been given the enormnous privilege of being elected to represent the area where I was born and raised. I promise to work hard for you and make sure your voice is heard.”