Several legislators from the pro-government DAB struggled in close contests last night, in the final hours of the elections. The high turnout by voters clearly benefited the pro-democracy camp. Tsang Yok-sing, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong, looked despondent as he arrived in Kwun Lung constituency, in Western District, at 11.30pm. An exit poll suggested his deputy, Ip Kwok-him, would be beaten by Frontier legislator Cyd Ho Sau-lan. Mr Tsang received more than a dozen phone calls in the space of an hour, most of them from party members admitting they had had lost the battle. When asked whether the party had done its best, he replied: 'We had, and that is the problem.' Then, in the early hours of this morning, it was confirmed that Ms Ho had been elected with 1,869 votes compared with 1,805 votes for Mr Ip. In both Central and Western district and North Point, DAB members had launched last-ditch efforts to secure as many votes as possible for two key candidates - Mr Ip and lawmaker Choy So-yuk. Although Ms Choy was duly elected, another DAB contender, legislator Lau Kong-wah, was left to fight alone in Ma On Shan with little help from colleagues. Mr Lau lost to Shirley Ho Suk-ping of the Democratic Party. The DAB's Chan Kam-lam and The Frontier's Lam Sum-shing, contesting in Ping Shek constituency of Kwun Tong district, were also locked in a close contest. They ran against each other in 1999, when Mr Chan won by a small margin. Mr Lam said he was confident more young people would vote for him in the evening. In the Mei Foo constituency of Shamshuipo district, the Democratic Party's Joe Wong Tak-chuen defeated DAB lawmaker Yeung Yiu-chung in another close contest.