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Quebec separatist party suffers crushing defeat

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MONTREAL (AP) - The anti-independence Liberal Party has won a majority in Quebec's legislative elections, in a crushing defeat for the main separatist party.

Official results Monday showed the Liberals won or were leading the race in about 75 of the of National Assembly's 125 seats, outstripping the separatist Parti Quebecois.

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois called the snap elections last month in the hopes of securing a majority for her PQ party. But the campaign stirred up speculation that a PQ majority would ultimately lead to another referendum on independence from Canada, an idea that has lacked support in recent years.

Fears of a referendum galvanized supporters of the Liberals.

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