Bura MP Ali Wario also retained the seat on Jubilee ticket after garnering 10, 459 votes.

ODM took the Mombasa senatorial seat through lawyer Mohamed Faki, Mr Jones Mwaruma (Taita Taveta) Mr Stewart Madzayo (Kilifi ), Issa Juma Boy (Kwale).

Jubilee won the Lamu senatorial seat through Mr Anuar Loitiptip and Mr Golicha Wario (Jubilee )was leading in Tana River.

The Nasa and Jubilee coalitions have been fighting for the control of the 1.7 million votes in the region.

Mombasa leads the six coast counties with about 580,223 registered voters, followed by Kilifi 508,068, Kwale 281,041 and Tana River (118,327).

Taita Taveta has 155,716 registered voters while Lamu has 69,776.

The region which overwhelmingly voted for ODM in the 2013 polls has been a battle ground for the Nasa and Jubilee. Kadu Asili and the Vibrant Democratic Party have also been trying to flex their muscles in the region.

The lack of a presidential candidate and the huge economic importance the region has for the country made it a priority for the top politicians.

Coast is key in the country’s economy due to the Port of Mombasa, the Lamu Port, the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport corridor, the Sh200 billion coal plant in Lamu, various airports, tourism, vast land and minerals.

The coast also enjoys beach plots.

Mombasa also hosts Moi International Airport and is a key international gateway to the country.

Key presidential aspirants have been making frequent visits to the six Coast counties to win locals support.

The Jubilee Party supremos have been keen on dislodging their key critics in the region-Mr  Joho and Mr Kingi. Businessman Suleiman Shahbal and his running mate Anania Mwaboza were being fronted to dethrone Mr Joho while Mr Mung’aro who has poached Mr Kingi’s deputy Kennedy Kamto to be his number two squared it out with the vocal lawyer.

Also in the race for the Mombasa gubernatorial seat was Wiper Secretary General Hassan Omar and Nyali MP Hezron Awiti.

In Kilifi, Mr Kingi is also faced a challenge from Kadu-Asili candidate Kazungu Kambi and independent candidate James Mangi.

In Kwale, Mr Mvurya (Jubilee Party) faced it out with former Cabinet Minister Chirau Mwakwere (Wiper), former Plan International boss Issa Kipera (ODM) and County Assembly Speaker Sammy Ruwa (independent) and James Gereza Dena (independent).

Apart from President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto who had been camping at the Coast nearly monthly to plead with locals to back them, Nasa principals Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula also made frequent forays to consolidate their support.

Land, insecurity, exploitation of minerals, national government projects like KPA, jobs and poverty played a key role in the campaigns.

Mombasa leads in the number of squatters at the Coast, followed by Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu and Taita Taveta and Lamu.

Land was also a key campaign issue at the Coast due to major Vision 2030 projects being implemented in the region including Lamu Port South Sudan Transport (Lapsset) corridor and Lamu Port.

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