Labour's David Keane is the new Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner after narrowly pinching the job from the Tory incumbent.
Mr Keane achieved 84,601 votes after first and second preferences were added together against Conservative candidate John Dwyer's 81,652 total.
Analysts believe the shock result is down to the higher turn-out in predominantly Labour areas - due to having council elections. This meant more Tory areas, where council elections didn't take place, were eclipsed.
Mr Keane, a Warrington borough councillor, told those gathered at the declaration at Widnes Vikings' Select Security Stadium: "This is a victory for Labour today but it's also, I believe, a victory for our communities."
To a round of applause, Mr Keane added: "We now have a Labour Party that's standing up, not standing by."
Chief constable Simon Byrne said: “I’d like to congratulate David Keane on his election to the post of Police and Crime Commissioner.
“I look forward to getting to know Mr. Keane, and working with him to deliver his Police and Crime Plan and maintaining the momentum of preventing crime and keeping criminals on the back foot.”
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Losing Tory candidate John Dwyer, who had been the county's first ever PCC when elected in 2012, thanked his campaign team and his family for their support.
"Sadly the electorate didn't see it quite the way we did," he said.
"We respect the electorate's view and I congratulate David on his success."
Mr Dwyer added that he was handing over the Cheshire Constabulary in 'fit form'.
The Ukip and Lib Dem candidates were eliminated after the first round with the second preferences of the electors who voted for them redistributed between the two remaining candidates.
Ukip candidate Jonathan Starkey paid tribute to the work of Mr Dwyer but was confident Mr Keane would 'push things forward'.
Lib Dem candidate Neil Lewis was not down-hearted based on the voting returns.
He said: "In a stack of ten there would be one first preference vote for the Liberal Democrat and up to seven second preferences. What that tells me is possibly half the people in Cheshire voted for a Liberal Democrat."
Mr Keane will formally take up his new role on May 12.
Below is a breakdown of the turnout by areas:
Cheshire East: 21% (57,696)
Cheshire West and Chester: 21% (52,579)
Halton Borough Council: 27% (24,925)
Warrington Borough Council: 33% (51,653)
Overall turnout: 24% (186,853)